Spelling the short vowel /ĭ/ : i or y

/ĭ/ as in insect Spell insect

Teaching point Most of the time we just need the letter i.
However, there are some words which need y. Most of these are Greek in origin.


Spell insect
i as in insect


Spell pyramid

y as in pyramid

ink
Indian
indeed
invite
bill
cinema
different
finger
gift
history
kidnap
lizard
million
pickle
quickly
...and many more
crypt
hymn
myth
crystal
cygnet
cymbal*
gypsy
(also gipsy)
lyric
physics
rhythm
symbol*
symptom
syrup
system
analysis
anonymous
calypso
gymnasium
hypnosis
hypocrite
hysterical
mystery
oxygen
physical
syllable
syllabus
symphony
sympathetic
systematic
typical

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the short /ĭ/ sound spelled with y.
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Unit 6: Spelling the short vowel sounds

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