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Minimal Pairs final /k/ and /g/

as in back and bag

Below is a list of words that vary only by one ending with the sound /k/ and the other ending with the sound /g/.

You can use this list to practise the sounds, or as a list of words to be careful in pronouncing.

The difference between /k/ and /g/ is often described as the latter being voiced while the former just uses a release of air (with the mouth position the same). But particularly at the end of words it can be more useful to concentrate on releasing more air with /k/.


back bag


pick pig


clock clog

dock dog

duck dug

frock frog

muck mug


black blag

block blog

brick brig

broke brogue

buck bug

crack crag

dick dig

jock jog

lack lag

leak league

lock log

luck lug

pluck plug

rack rag

ruck rug

sack sag

smock smog

snack snag

tack tag


beck beg

berk berg

chuck chug

cock cog

flock flog

hack hag

hock hog

jack jag

knack nag

prick prig

puck pug

shack shag

slack slag

snuck snug

stack stag

tuck tug

whack wag

wick wig

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