The Sound gn
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The Sound gn

This Spelling quiz is called 'The Sound gn' and it has been written by teachers to help you if you are studying the subject at elementary school. Playing educational quizzes is an enjoyable way to learn if you are in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade - aged 8 to 11.

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This 'The Sound gn' spelling quiz initially tests elementary school children on spellings that start with this phoneme. They are taught not to sound out the ‘g’ just like with the sound ‘kn’. The second half of this quiz will inform them that these two letters together don't always create this phoneme and will test them on words that have 'gn' where it is not a sound.

There is a sound made by 'gn'. Hundreds of years ago people used to pronounce the ‘g’ in this phoneme: ‘gn’. Nowadays, the ‘g’ is silent and not said. There are also words where these two letters are together and it doesn't make a sound - you'll need to try and spot the difference! Do your best.


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1.
A ____ is a small winged insect.
nat
nate
gnat
gnate
If a word has an 'n' sound in this quiz, it'll begin with a silent 'g'.
2.
The tree had ____ with age.
narled
gnarled
gnarwled
gnareled
This is probably a new word for you - it means something has gone rough or bumpy with age.
3.
The dog ____ at the bone.
gnawed
narwed
ngnarwed
gnarweded
Gnaw means bite or nibble like a dog.
4.
The two ____ were standing in the garden.
nomes
gnomes
gnoomes
gnoams
Gnomes are little figures that live in gardens and almost always wear pointy red or blue hats.
5.
They are both ____ their teeth together.
gnashng
gnashin
gnashing
gmashing
Dennis the Menace's dog is called Gnasher because of his large teeth.
6.
Will you ____ your autograph?
sine
sign
sighn
shign
If you sign something, you put your name on it.
7.
This is my ____ for the new library.
deesign
designe
desine
design
We call these blueprints.
8.
Can you ____ this candle?
iggnite
ignite
eegnite
iignite
For this word the 'g' is sounded out.
9.
She is ____ him.
ignoring
ignorring
ignoaring
ignoreing
Here you need to spell the word 'ignore' then get rid of the 'e' and add 'ing'.
10.
This is a very large ____.
maggnet
magnett
magnitt
magnet
Magnets attract metals so glass, plastic, wood etc. won't be pulled up by this large magnet.
Author:  Finola Waller

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