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The Consonant Sound [ŋ], Eng

1. You can hear the sound ______ at the end of rum. You can hear the sound ______ at the end of run. At the end of rung you can hear the sound [ŋ]. The sound [ŋ] is called eng.

2. Most of the time [ŋ] is spelled <ng>, as in rung. But sometimes [ŋ] is spelled <n>.

3. Say the word think. There is a [k] right after the [ŋ]: [thiŋk]. Put an X beside each word that has a [k] right after the [ŋ]. Counting think, there are three:

&\text{think \underline{\;\;\;X\;\;\;}} && \text{going \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}} && \text{thanks \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}}\\ &\text{uncle \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}} && \text{along \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}}  && \text{things \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}}

4. Say the word tangle. There is a [g] sound right after the [ŋ]. Put an \text{X} beside each word that has a [g] right after the [ŋ]. There are four

&\text{finger \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}} && \text{hungry \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}} && \text{song \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}}\\ &\text{being \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}} && \text{single \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}}  && \text{language \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;}}

5. In think the <k> spells [k], and [ŋ] is spelled <n>. And in tangle the <g> spells [g], and [ŋ] is spelled <n>. But in most words [ŋ] is spelled <ng>.

6. When there is a [k] or a [g] right after the sound [ŋ], [ŋ] is spelled ______, but everywhere else it is spelled ______.

Word Squares

All but two of these words contain the sound [ŋ], spelled either <ng> or <n>:

Four-letter word: dark

Five-letter words: thank, going, uncle, being

Six-letter words: finger, single, uncles, thinker

Seven-letter words: sunning, monkeys, further, dogging, landing

Eight-letter words: language, hungriest

The two words that do not contain [ŋ] are ______ and ______.

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