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    Fleur de mort Guest

    Exclamation It has a rule or not in letter G?

    Hi all
    Could anyone clear to me how can I know If the G letter has rule or something that I can find the difference between the sound of G as in word ( God , Good , Girl ... etc ) and (Gibbet , Gin ,giraffe ..etc)
    I need to know .
    thanks


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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    There are many exceptions, but when you have g+e or g+i it is soft and sounds like 'j'.

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    What about "Girl" ?
    I mean there is no ruls to letter G????

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    "Girl" is an exception.

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    • If the following letter is E, I or Y, the pronunciation is said to be soft.
    • A soft G is pronounced j as in general, giant, gymnastic, large, energy, intelligible, changing
    • If the following letter is anything else - including a space - the pronunciation is termed hard
    • A hard G is pronounced g as in golf, pig, running, great, gum, fragrant, grasp, glut, progress
    Exceptions = gear, get, gelding, give, girl, gift, tiger

    To understand the exceptions, you need to look at the etymology of the words. Online Etymology Dictionary

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    • If the following letter is E, I or Y, the pronunciation is said to be soft.
    • A soft G is pronounced j as in general, giant, gymnastic, large, energy, intelligible, changing
    • If the following letter is anything else - including a space - the pronunciation is termed hard
    • A hard G is pronounced g as in golf, pig, running, great, gum, fragrant, grasp, glut, progress
    Exceptions = gear, get, gelding, give, girl, gift, tiger

    To understand the exceptions, you need to look at the etymology of the words. Online Etymology Dictionary
    indeed, good explanation

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?


    Anglika
    Always you are the angel
    thanks a lot
    but could you give me another website because this one is hidden in my country .
    thanks million

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    Both Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster Online provide the etymology of words

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Both Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster Online provide the etymology of words
    Thanks Anglika thanks million

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    Default Re: It has a rule or not in letter G?

    Additionally, one might want to observe the following generalizations (rules):

    1. If e follows g and it appears at the end of a word or syllable, its pronounced // in loan words like garage, rouge. It may also be pronounced as /dz/ as in the above examples and those cited by Anglika & others.

    2. Retain the hard g even if er, ing or y is added to the word.
    Ex. digger, bagging, baggy.
    Exceptions: exaggerate, suggest.

    3. The g at the end of a word is usually represented by the hard sound.
    Ex. drug, dig, big.

    4. When d is followed by ge, the d is silent.
    Ex. bridge, badge, ledge.

    5. At the beginning of a word or syllable, gh usually is represented by the hard sound but silent if its at the end.
    Ex. ghost, ghastly; though, dough.

    6. g is hard before ui, ue & ua and the u is silent but it may also be pronounced as /gw/.
    Ex. guilt, guess, language, linguist.

    7. gue at the end of a word is usually hard and 'ue' is silent.
    Ex. plague, dialogue, vague.
    Exceptions: dengue

    8. g is silent in gm or gn.
    Ex. gnaw, gnome; assign, campaign.

    Therere of course many other rules to be formulated and theyll always be exceptions.

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