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I have a pronunciation problem.how should we pronounce "g" in a word . sometimes we pronounce it as g and sometimes as j . Does it depend on location of g in a word ? for example between two vowel of consonant? like agent and against ?
Good question, and one that many learners ask.
What's more - the answer is not all that definitive.
One general rule is that the G followed by an E, I, or Y is usually pronounced as a J.
But there are several notable exceptions. Examples : gem, genuine, gist, gymnast
Exceptions : gecko, get, giblets, gynecology
There are, unfortunately no rules. For example, it is /g/ in the first of the words in the following pairs, /ʤ/ in the second:
get, gem.....gift, gin....lager, pager
Some speakers pronounce it as /ʒ/ in a few words such as rouge and garage (the second g)
the ng combination is pronounced as /ŋ/ in singer, /ŋg/ in finger, and /nʤ/ in ginger.
You just have to learn each one as you meet it.
And in some words, you don't pronounce it at all.: "Night, right, sigh ..."
In some imported words, it's equally silent, but influences a surrounding letter - 'lasagne'
It's /f/ in 'cough', 'tough' (in combination with the 'h')
Thanks for all the replies , all was useful
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