|These are the rules for spelling the /j/ sound:|
1. No English word ends in j - we always use ge.
2. Before the vowels a, o and u, the sound /j/ is usually spelled with the letter j:
3. Before the vowels e, i and y, the sound /j/ is usually spelled with the letter g:
1. In an English dictionary you may find these words ending in j :
raj - meaning the British rule in India. It is a Hindi word meaning reign.
hajj or hadj - the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It is an
Arab word meaning pilgrimage.
2. A few words use ge or gi to make the /j / sound before o :
Several words begin with the prefix geo (meaning 'earth') which should be said as two syllables: ge - o, so these words do follow the ge rule :
3. Some words do use the letter j, even before e and i.
These are the most common:
|Try making up a sentence containing many of the je
and ji words above.
When jealous Jenny was jilted, she put on her jeans and jewels and
jetted off to Jersey.
Can you beat 7 je or ji words in one sentence?
4. The suffix -ject (meaning 'throw') is always je:
|Only one homophone from this unit:|
Jim - short for James
gym - short for gymnasium
|My brother does not like being called Jim.
Get fit by working out at the gym.
|Go to next page: suffix rules for -ge words.|