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    Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    I was told that the word ROWING, when said very fast, is pronounced something like "rovin" (sorry, I donīt know how to use the phonetic alphabet). Is this true? Thank you!

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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    Hello Nachito, and welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nachito View Post
    I was told that the word ROWING, "rowing", when said very fast, is pronounced something like "rovin" (sorry, I donīt know how to use the phonetic alphabet). Is this true? Thank you!
    No, that is absolutely wrong. To hear that word (and others) pronounced by native speakers of English, search for it in www.forvo.com.
    The speed of pronunciation will never make it sound like "rovin".

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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    No.

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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    Rowing would never sound like rovin when pronounced by native speakers of English. That said, I live in a place with a huge number of immigrants and plenty of them have trouble differentiating the sounds of the letters v and w. My wife is a case in point. After 45 years in the English-speaking part of Canada she still tends to mix up v and w sounds.

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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    However, it is quite likely that the final 'g' might be dropped, especially with rapid speech. Some dialects tend to drop it even with slower speech.
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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    However, it is quite likely that the final 'g' might be dropped, especially with rapid speech. Some dialects tend to drop it even with slower speech.
    Yes, I would be inclined to pronounce it "rowin" in casual conversation. (AmE)

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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nachito View Post
    I was told that the word ROWING, when said very fast, is pronounced something like "rovin" ...
    Who told you that?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is "ROWING" pronounced like "rovin" when speaking fast?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Yes, I would be inclined to pronounce it "rowin" in casual conversation. (AmE)
    I often say -in' instead of -ing when I sing. It fits American blues, folk, and country music.

    In ordinary conversation, I keep the G.

    You're right, in the US, it depends on region and background.
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