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    Would you please tell me if I'm wrong?
    The sound of letter " c " changes to / s / rather than / k / in the case the letter be followed by " y, i or e "?
    What letters can change the sound of " g " to / dʒ / than / g / ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    Would you please tell me if I'm wrong?
    The sound of letter " c " changes to / s / rather than / k / in the case when the letter be is followed by " y, i or e "? Almost always.
    What letters can change the sound of " g " to / dʒ / than /g/ ?
    When g is preceded by d and followed by e, i, or y, the pronunciation is always /dʒ/.
    Apart from this, it is normally pronounced /g/ in all other positions except before e, i, or y. Before those letters, you just have to use a dictionary to find out whether it is /g/ or /dʒ/.

    Not also the pronunciation of 'exaggerate' and 'suggest'.

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    Thank dear Five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    When g is preceded by d and followed by e, i, or y, the pronunciation is always /dʒ/.
    Apart from this, it is normally pronounced /g/ in all other positions except before e, i, or y. Before those letters, you just have to use a dictionary to find out whether it is /g/ or /dʒ/.

    Not also the pronunciation of 'exaggerate' and 'suggest'.
    I can offer a refinement: G and C follow become /d3/ and /s/ in words of French origin after e, i, and y, but in words of Anglo-Saxon origin, e.g. "get," the rule doesn't apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I can offer a refinement: G and C follow become /d3/ and /s/ in words of French origin after e, i, and y, but in words of Anglo-Saxon origin, e.g. "get," the rule doesn't apply.
    True. The problem for many learners is that they frequently don't know if a word is of French or Anglo-Saxon origin. It's a very helpful tip for learners who speak French - and probably most other Romance languages.

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