I'm sure you've come across the different multigraphs in the English language. This time, we're gonna learn about 'gn'. Let's go.

English Multigraph "gn"

In this lesson, we are going to learn the sound of the digraph 'gn.'

Digraphs are a set of two letters that stand together and produce a new sound.

Digraph gn
Name gn (pronounced /ˈgee ˈen/)
Sound(s) /gn/, /n/

The Digraph 'gn'

Sound 1: /gn/

'gn' always in the middle of words sounds /gn/:

recognize /ˈrek.əɡ.naɪz/

signal /ˈsɪɡ.nəl/

magnet /ˈmæɡ.nət/

signature /ˈsɪɡ.nə.tʃɚ/

Sound 2: /n/

1. 'gn' at the beginning of a simple word always sounds /n/:

gnat /næt/

gnome /noʊm/

gnash /næʃ/

gnarl /nɑːrl/

gnaw /nɑː/

gnu /nuː/

2. The digraph 'gn' at the end of words always sounds /n/:

campaign /kæmˈpeɪn/

reign /reɪn/

sign /saɪn/

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