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    why /'kɒŋgres/, not /'kɒŋres/?

    Greetings.
    why is the word 'congress' pronounced /'kɒŋgres/, and not /'kɒŋres/? Might it be because of the nasal /n/ sound, and if so, when is the letter n not pronounced as nasal sound, when accompanied by g?
    Also, do all gerunds and -ing (as in continuous forms,and adjectives) have nasal sounds without the g sound?
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    Re: why /'kɒŋgres/, not /'kɒŋres/?

    Quote Originally Posted by celtaflorida View Post
    why is the word 'congress' pronounced /'kɒŋgres/, and not /'kɒŋres/? Might it be because of the nasal /n/ sound, and if so, when is the letter n not pronounced as nasal sound, when accompanied by g?
    Some words, such as 'finger', always have the /ŋg/ sounds. Others, such as 'singer' in most varieties of English, just have the /ŋ/ sound. you just have to learn them as you meet them.
    Also, do all gerunds and -ing (as in continuous forms,and adjectives) have nasal sounds without the g sound?
    Thanks.
    Yes, in most varieties of English.
    Last edited by 5jj; 22-Aug-2013 at 03:05.

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