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12.16: Sometimes [g] is Spelled <gg>

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Sometimes [g] is Spelled <gg>

1. Sometimes [g] is spelled <gg> because the prefix ad- has assimilated to ag- before a stem that starts with <g>, as in aggression. Sometimes [g] is spelled <gg> because of twinning, as in druggist. Sometimes [g] is spelled <gg> because of the VCC pattern, as in stagger. Each of the following words contains a <gg> spelling of [g] because of one of the above reasons. Analyze the words that in which the <gg> is due to assimilation or twinning to show where the <gg> comes from. For words in which the <gg> is due to the VCC pattern, just write “VCC” in the Analysis column:

Word = Analysis
jogger =
shrugged =
aggression =
luggage =
snuggies =
aggravate =
waterlogged =
maggot =
reggae =
baggage =
toboggan =
bowlegged =
debugging =
jiggish =
draggy =

2. Now sort the fifteen words into these three groups:

3. In earlier lessons you've seen that when a consonant sound has <le> right after it, the two patterns VCle and VCCle come into play:

VCle Pattern with a Long Vowel VCCle Pattern with a Short Vowel
gable gabble
rifle riffle
ruble rubble
cradle straddle
idle riddle

4. There are some [g] words with the VCle and VCCle patterns. Mark the VCle and VCCle patterns in the following words:

5. Now sort the words into this matrix:

5. In words with a [g] followed by <le>, the [g] will be spelled ______ if it has a short vowel in front of it; if it has a long vowel or a consonant in front of it, it will be spelled ___________.

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