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[ɪŋ] like [ing]. Am I wrong? New tendency? I have already heard several times that native English speakers pronounce "- ing" not like [ɪŋ]  but like [ing]. Am I wrong? Maybe this is a new trend of modern English?
Feb 14, 2018 5:32 AM
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Sorry, but I don't really understand your question, Sergey. Are you asking us if it doesn't matter how you pronounce 'ing'?

If that's what you're asking, here's an answer. If you can, you should aim for the standard pronunciation - ending with a velar nasal - rather than a regional variant. I certainly wouldn't recommend missing off the 'g' entirely.  There is a clear difference between how most native speakers say 'eaten' and 'eating', for example, and it would confuse listeners if you were to pronounce them in the same way.

But returning to your original question about adding an extra /g/ at the end...To be honest, I really wouldn't worry too much about this fairly minor aspect of English phonology. Most English native speakers are not actively aware of the difference between /ɪŋ/ and /ɪŋg/, so it really isn't an significant issue. 

According to your profile, your level of English is elementary ( one pink bar). If that's the case, you have far more important things to concentrate on.

February 14, 2018

It depends where they come from.

In large areas of the north-west of England, for example, the standard pronunciation is /ɪŋg/ with a clear 'g' sound after the nasal. A native of Manchester, for example, will say "singing" as "sin-ging" and "Hang on" in a way that sounds like "Han gon", with the voiced plosive connecting to the following vowel.

This isn't a new development, by the way.


One point worth noting:

The silent /g/ after the velar nasal isn't always silent : it  reappears in comparatives.

For example, the 'g' is silent in 'long', but voiced in 'longer' and 'longest'.

February 14, 2018
The G is silent, so you should not expect to hear it pronounced unless you're in a neighborhood with lots of immigrants from certain countries (not that unusual in New York City, for example).  As far as the vowel /ɪ/ before the velar nasal, you may well hear it pronounced /i/ in the western US, particularly California. Native speakers won't normally notice, since there are no minimal pairs of /ɪŋ/ versus /iŋ/. 

February 14, 2018
Thank you, Su.Ki. Yes, I asked if it matters  how to pronounce 'ing'. I get it.
February 14, 2018

I pronounce it like I am a bell.  So "ring", ping, ding, thing, wing

February 14, 2018
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