Review of how to form "dg": The "dg" sound is actually made up of two different sounds: “d” and “zh”. To form this sound, begin by rounding your lips in a circle. Then, place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth at the back of the ridge, just before the roof of your mouth arches up. Press the sides of your tongue against your upper side teeth in the back of your mouth. Hold your breath and then force your voice through the small groove made by your tongue, producing a friction sound. This is a voiced sound, so you should hear your voice when you say it.
Illustration of correct lip and teeth placement Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. edge 2. judge 3. fudge 4. page 5. ridge 6. stage 7. age 8. badge 9. hostage 10. marriage
Practice the following sentences. 1. He put the fudge on the edge of the counter. 2. Don’t judge their marriage. 3. At his age, he shouldn’t be on the stage. 4. The hostage ran to the edge of the cliff. 5. Our cottage is located near the ridge of the mountain. 6. A package of sage fell over the bridge. 7. If you budge, that beverage will spill. 8. In a rage, she threw her badge on the floor. 9. She had a huge ink smudge on her new blouse. 10. In the novel, the character on page ten had a lot of courage.
Practice the following paragraph. The hostage situation was tense. No one would budge as the police called to the kidnapper to release the hostages. Inside the cottage, everyone huddled together. Their courage was strong, and they knew if they made one mistake the kidnapper’s rage would increase and he would go over the edge. Finally, the kidnapper made his one huge mistake, and he had to surrender to the police.
Idiom: go over the edge Definition: lose control when something is too much to handle