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

Teaching point If the hard sound of g (as in gas, go) is followed by e, i or y, we must add u before the vowel.

This letter u acts as a wall and stops the e, i or y from changing g to its soft sound, /j/.

Help spelling English words with soft g sound In guitar a silent u forms a wall between g and i.
This means that g can still say its hard sound.

Help spelling English words with soft g sound In guy a silent u forms a wall between g and y.
This means that g can still say its hard sound.

gui gue gue on the end
guide
guild
guile
guillotine
guilt
disguise
guess
guest
guerilla
fatigue
intrigue
league
plague
rogue
tongue
vague
vogue
catalogue (US spelling: catalog)

In British spelling these words always end in gue. In US spelling they can be either gue or just g:

dialogue
epilogue
monologue
synagogue
dialog
epilog
monolog
synagog

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