Common ‘g’ Sound Spellings

 

 

 

‘g’ spelling
When the ‘g’ spelling is followed by the letters e, i, or y, the ‘j’ sound is the most common pronunciation.

Examples:
gentle — \ˈjen-təl\
giant — \ˈjī-ənt\
gypsy — \ˈjip-sē\

‘ng’ spelling
When the ‘ng’ spelling occurs in the middle of a word, it may be pronounced as an ‘ng’ sound followed by a ‘g’ sound (double the ‘g’ sound) or just an ‘ng’ sound (consult your dictionary to be sure which is used for specific words). At the end of a word, or as part of the -ing ending, the ‘ng’ spelling does not typically include a ‘g’ sound.

Examples:
anger — \ˈaŋ-gər\
language — \ˈlaŋ-gwij, -wij\
single — \ˈsiŋ-gəl\

‘gue’ spelling
The ‘gue’ spelling is generally only pronounced as a ‘g’ sound when it is at the end of a word. In the beginning or middle of a word, the ‘gue’ spelling is likely pronounced ‘g’ sound+vowel sound.

Examples:
guest — \ˈgest\
guerilla — \gə-ˈri-lə\
intrigue — \ˈin-ˌtrēg\
league — \ˈlēg\

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