Could you please tell me why the rule in regard pronouncing g as j with i e or y doesn't appear to be very reliable with i. Example i in gift! Should be jift according to the rule but isn't and I can't see a pattern!
Many thanks in advance
And not only 'i':
Last edited by Harry Smith; 07-Jun-2007 at 12:49.
hard G: gigabyte
soft G: gigantic
There's also this near minimal pair: soft 'G' gist (from Anglo-French) and hard 'G' gift (Old Norse).
From Word Pronunciation - Hard and Soft C and G Sounds
ExceptionsNothing is easy - so there are some exceptions to these rules. These mostly involve giving ‘hard’ pronunciation to words where the rule indicates the ‘soft’ sound. These exceptions include:gear, get, gelding, give, girl, gift tiger,
Present participles of some verbs that end with ‘g’, such as ‘banging’ and ‘ringing’. Other exceptions are foreign words that have been adopted into the English language, such as: gestalt and geisha.Try these sites too:
HOW TO USE CONSONANTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE / LousyWriter.com teaches you how to write better and how to write correctly
"Could you please tell me why the rule in regard pronouncing g as j with i e or y doesn't appear to be very reliable with i. Example i in gift! Should be jift according to the rule but isn't and I can't see a pattern!"
Because none of the "rules" for equating English spelling with English pronunciation are very reliable.
Our spelling system evolved in a very haphazard manner and we have resisted pretty well most attempts at reform to make it more standard and "phonetic."
I can offer you no easy method for dealing with this. You'll just have to become familiar with all the eccentric spellings of the written English language like the rest of us.
I don't understand what you mean about all these rules!Stupid things!!!!