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6.14: Soft < g > and Silent Final < e >

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Soft <g> and Silent Final <e>

1. Pronounce these words:

waterlogjogbegcatalogdrugearwigzigzagfrogpackagechallengerefugeenragedischargediscouragecollegeurge

2. Do the words in the left column end with soft <g> or with hard <g>? hard <g>

Do the words in the right column end with soft <g> or with hard <g>? soft <g>

Why are the <g>’s in the right column soft <g>'s? because they have an <e> followling them

Why are the <g>’s in the left column hard <g>'s? because they do not have an <e>, <i>, or <y> following them

3. In the words in the right column the final <e>'s are all marking preceding <g>'s as being soft. But in two of the words in the right column the final <e> is also marking the preceding vowel as being long. The two words are refuge and enrage

4. So far you've seen three different jobs that final <e> can do:

Final <e> can mark a preceding vowel as being long.

Final <e> can mark a preceding <c> as being soft (or pronounced [s] .

Final <e> can mark a preceding <g> as being soft (or pronounced [i] ).

And final <e> can mark both a long vowel and a soft <c> or <g> at the same time.

5. Sort the following words into the matrix below:

refugelegislateenrageignorancetwicelicensecollegeofficelaceembracecouragecivilizechallengesincechargeexpenserecognizeurgeintelligenceprice

Words in which final <e> . . .
marks a soft <c> or soft <g>: does not mark a soft <c> or soft <g>:
Words in which final <e> marks a long vowel

refuge

enrage

twice

lace

embrace

price

legislate

civilize

recognize

Words in which final <e> does not mark a long vowel

ignorance

college

office

courage

challenge

since

charge

urge

intelligence

license

expense

6. A silent final <e> will mark a <g> right in front of it as being soft — that is, as spelling the sound [i] .

Although not all <g>’s followed by an <e>,<i>, or <y> are soft, all <g>'s followed by a silent final <e> are soft.

Word Venn. In circle A put only words that contain a hard <g>. In circle B put only words that contain a soft <g>. In circle C put only words that contain a silent final <e>.

catalogignorancelicensegeography acceptgarbagegyppedmotorgoddessofficecouragegenerous

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