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Lesson 22 The letters qu


unique acquire quizzical
clique acquainted quiver
plaque adequately questionnaire
colloquial quarantine
masquerade inquisitive quench
conquer banquet quaint
lacquer sequel quintuplet

1. Look at the underlined letters in each word. What letter always follows the letter q? _____
2. Say the first three words aloud. What two letters make the single sound of /k/? _____ What silent letter follows these letters? _____
3. In the next three words in the first column, what two letters make the /k/ sound? _____
4. In the remaining words on the spelling list, what two letters make the /kw/ sound? _____

Lesson Generalization

The letter q is always followed by the letter u in the English language. In some words, qu is pronounced/k/. In most words, qu is pronounced /kw/.

When qu is pronounced /k/, it can appear in the middle of a word or at the end of a word: conquer, plaque.

When qu is pronounced like /kw/, it can appear in the middle of a word or at the beginning of a word: equator, quarrel.

The spelling is always que at the end of a word.

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