Unit 19 - Spelling ge, gi and gy words - the soft g sound

The letter g is used to spell two sounds:

1. the hard sound /g/ as in go and gas

2. the 'soft' sound /j/ as in giraffe and stage

This unit covers the 'soft' sound of g.

   
Help spelling English words with soft g sound Help spelling English words with soft g sound
/j/ as in giraffe /j/ as in stage

Teaching point The sound /j/ can be spelled with either j or g. No English word ends in j - we always use ge.

There are three lists of -ge words below:

1. Words ending in ge.

2. Words ending in dge. The d is silent but it is there for a reason: it forms a wall of two consonants between a vowel and e on the end. This stops the e from making the vowel say its long sound.

3. Words ending with the sound / i j/. This is usually spelled -age.

Help spelling English words with soft g sound Help spelling English words with soft g sound Help spelling English words with soft g sound
ge as in stage dge as in bridge age as in luggage
age
cage
page
rage
wage
huge
hinge
fringe
twinge
plunge
barge
charge
large
merge
verge
forge
gorge
range
change
strange
bulge
scrounge
challenge
arrange
emerge
engage
exchange
diverge
revenge
orange
badge
cadge
edge
dredge
hedge
ledge
sledge
wedge
ridge
midge
dodge
lodge
splodge
budge
drudge
fudge
grudge
judge
nudge
sludge
smudge
trudge
cartridge
partridge

Rule breakers break spelling rules
allege
baggage
bandage
blockage
cabbage
cottage
courage
damage
foliage
garbage
hostage
image
manage
message
package
passage
postage
sausage
savage
shortage
storage
village
vintage
voltage
wreckage
advantage
average

Rule breakers break spelling rules
knowledge
college
privilege

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