# 6.9: Soft < c > and Hard < c >

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

## Soft <c> and Hard <c>

1. The letter <c> sometimes spells the sound [s] – as in acid. Sometimes it spells the sound [k] – as in actor.

When the letter <c> spells the [s] sound, it is called soft <c>. When it spells the [k] sound, it is called hard <c>.

2. Pronounce each of the following words. Pay special attention to the sounds being spelled by the <c> in each one:

\begin{align*}& \text {service}&& \text {elected}&& \text {deceptive}&& \text {miscue}&& \text {concept}\\ & \text {republic}&& \text {decided}&& \text {agriculture}&& \text {embrace}&& \text {democratic}\\ & \text {ignorance}&& \text {comics}&& \text{center} && \text {actively}&& \text {since}\\ & \text {juicy}&& \text {producer}&& \text {recover}&& \text {notice}&& \text {discount}\end{align*}

3. Now sort the twenty words into this matrix:

4. You should have found that the letter <c> always spells the [s] sound when it has one of three letters right after it. The letters are _______, _______, or _______.

5. The letter <c> is called soft <c> when it spells the sound _______. The letter <c> is called hard <c> when it spells the sound _______. A soft <c> always has one of three letters right after it: _______, _______, or _______.

6. Sort these twelve words into the following matrix:

\begin{align*}& \text {rejoice}&& \text {civilize}&& \text {fiercely}&& \text {license}\\ & \text {recognized}&& \text {victim}&& \text {affection}&& \text {arc}\\ & \text {emergency}&& \text {officer}&& \text {surface}&& \text {fabric}\end{align*}

7. When the letter <c> has an _______, _______, or _______ right after it, it spells the sound _______ and is called __________. Otherwise, it spells the sound _______ and is called _______.

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