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    Default Do I need pronounce that?

    Hello everybody,
    For example: going, dancing, shaking, clobbering etc.
    In the end of these words are "g" letter. So do I need pronounce them when I talk?

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    Default Re: Do I need pronounce that?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Hello everybody,
    For example: going, dancing, shaking, clobbering etc.
    In the end of these words are "g" letter. So do I need pronounce them when I talk?
    As a learner and a non-native, yes, please pronounce the full -ing on the ends of words. In informal chat between natives and fluent speakers, you will hear the "g" being dropped but it's non-standard and some people are particularly upset when they only hear the "in" part of "ing".

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    Default Re: Do I need pronounce that?

    JustAlilBit,

    there are three pronunciations of the suffix "-ing" you will hear.

    1) [ɪŋ]

    This is the standard pronunciation. Note that the sound [g] is not pronounced. You can think that the letter "g" alters the pronunciation of the letter "n". /ŋ/ is a sound articulated similarly to the sound /n/, but the tongue touches your soft palate instead of your alveolar ridge.

    This is /n/: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...olar_nasal.ogg

    This is /ŋ/: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...elar_nasal.ogg

    2) [ɪn]

    It's a non-standard pronunciation. Note that while native speakers do say [ˈgəʊɪn] for "going" (and sometimes write goin'), but they will not say [sɪn] for "sing". "Sing" always ends in [ŋ].

    3) [ɪŋg]

    A non-standard pronunciation too. Perhaps [ɪng] is possible too but I don't remember having heard it.

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    Default Re: Do I need pronounce that?

    I should have specified that I was not suggesting that a voiced hard "g" should be pronounced with "-ing", simply that the common pronuncation of just "-in" should be avoided.

    "I'm doing that" should sound as it's written, not like "I'm doin that".

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