The spelling of /g/ is <g> or <gg>, but we also see <gh> in ghastly. The /v/ sound is spelled <v>.
This is a contrast between a stop and a fricative, both voiced but well separated in the mouth. It does not cause any problems.
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 1.5%. The set makes 47 semantic contrasts, a loading of 52%.
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