Spelling the /w/ sound: w or wh ?

Learning to spell w sound Learning to spell w sound
witch Which is which?

In most words the /w/ sound is simply spelled with the letter w. Some words need wh, however.

Say the words who, what, why and when aloud.


Question words (see below) all need wh but other words will use wh too:

whale whack white whiff

We have to learn the other words – there are no rules to help us!

Learning Tip for English spelling The Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method can be one useful way to commit these spellings to our memories. Spelling help with w sound

Here are some of the more common wh words:

?? The 'question' words ?? Other words
what
when
where
which
whether
why

the 'who' words:
who
whom
whose
whale
wharf
wheat
wheel
wheeze
while
whine
whip
whirl
whisk
whisker
whisper
whistle
white
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