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    Sallie Guest

    why is "Angel" pronounced as "an gel" in singing?

    I noticed in many songs that the word Angel is pronounced as "an gel" by the singers. Do you know why? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: why is "Angel" pronounced as "an gel" in singing?

    I think that you are confusing between the two words "angel" and "angle" which are entirely different in meaning and pronunciation.

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    Hi Sallie,

    In songs, words are often separated into syllables. Therefore the first syllable 'an' might be sung as one note, while 'gel' as another note, thus separating the word.

    Hope this helps,

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    Re: why is "Angel" pronounced as "an gel" in singing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sallie
    I noticed in many songs that the word Angel is pronounced as "an gel" by the singers. Do you know why? Thanks for your help.
    To supplement Juan's comment: in spoken British English, for instance, the second syllable of 'angel' is scarcely voiced at all. It would be very difficult to sustain it through a note of any length, if you pronounced normally. So you find that BrE singers often extend the second syllable unnaturally and give it almost as much weight as the first.

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