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Unit 16: Spelling the sound /oi/

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Unit 16: Spelling choices for /oi/ sound: oi or oy

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Unit 16: Spelling the sound /oi/: oi, oy

The same rules apply with longer words:

Use oi in the middle of a word.

Use oy at the end of a word or syllable.

Help spelling English words with the sound oi Help spelling English words with the sound oy
oi as in oil oy as in boy

appoint
appointment
avoid
boisterous
devoid
embroider
embroil
exploit
loiter
moisture
ointment
ovoid
poison
poisonous
rejoice
tabloid
toilet
turquoise
turmoil

alloy
annoy
convoy
employ
enjoy
envoy
decoy
deploy
destroy

oy at the end of a syllable,
before a vowel:
loyal
royal
soya
voyage
flamboyant

Rule breakers break spelling rules
oyster
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