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Tip of the month. G or J?

Let me introduce you today to something a lot of Spanish speakers are not still sure about how it works: Spanish spelling rules of letters G and J.

We must use letter G:

  • with verbs ending in -ger and -gir.Examples: Coger (To take), dirigir (to direct, to lead).
    Exceptions: tejer (to knit) and crujir (to crunch, to creak).

  • with words begining with geo-, gent- and gen-.Examples: geología (geology), gentil (kind), generoso (generous).
    Exceptions: jengibre (ginger).

  • with words ending in -gia, -gio, -gión and -gional.Examples: alergia (allergy), colegio (school), religión (religion) and regional (regional).
    Exceptions: lejía (bleach).

  • Hope this helps!

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