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    pronunciation

    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 ?
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    Re: pronunciation

    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

    Read more: How do you pronounce g As g or j

    My best advice is to rely on your dictionary's pronunciation guide when you are not sure.

    John

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    Re: pronunciation

    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.

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    Re: pronunciation

    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')

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    Re: pronunciation

    Thanks for all the replies , all was useful

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