B is the second letter of the alphabet. B is a consonant. B represents primarily one sound, however, it can also be silent.
The sound for B is pretty much the same whether it is at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word.
B in the Beginning
ball bed big bottle bug
B in the Middle
cable rabbit tabby rugby
B at the End
Abe lab ebb rib globe tube
B is silent when it immediately follows the letter M and it is the last letter of the word.
B as silent
numb crumb thumb limb climb
Note that the vowels in the above silent B word list are short except for in the word climb.
Note: B will not always be silent when adding ER. In the word climber, the B is still silent. In the word limber, pronounced lim-ber with a short I, the sound of B is made and begins the second syllable.
B is also paired with L and R to represent two common consonant blends:
black blend bliss block blue
brass breeze brim broke brush
B is also part of the BLE suffix which sounds like you’re saying bull at the end of the word.
table cable dribble thimble crumble
(Note: The B is silent in crumb but not in crumble.)
The suffix BEL (also sounds like bull) is also used, but is not as common:
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