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The letter combinations oi and oy are used to represent the same sound in different words. For example, oil and coin have the oi pattern, while boy and joy use oy.

When spelling words with oi or oy, make sure you use the correct combination:

If the /oi/ sound falls in the middle of a word, use the letters oi to spell it.

If the /oi/ sound falls at the end of a word, use the letters oy to spell it.

Be aware of exceptions, such as in oyster, coyote, and the past tense forms of verbs that end in oy like enjoyed or deployed.

Try out our pattern-recognition games like Bouncing Anagrams to help you make sure you get the letters in the right order.

boil Will you boil the kettle for tea?
foil They wrapped the sandwiches in foil.
soil This garden soil is good quality.
spoil Please don't spoil the game by cheating.
toil He began to toil up the hill.
coin The coin featured the monarch's profile.
join The musician had to audition to join the band.
loin Loin of lamb is a very tender meat.
joint Your elbow is a hinge joint.
void The contract was deemed void.
hoist He used a hoist to lift the weight.
joist You need a new joist fitted above that door.
moist This chocolate cake is very moist.
choice There is a good choice of food in the canteen.
voice His voice was very faint.
noise Did you hear that strange noise?
boy The boy ate some cake.
joy The baby has brought them great joy.
toy She loved her toy train.

Learn more about these words in Unit 16. Spelling choices for /oi/ sound: oi, oy

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