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Hi,

Final 'ng' pronounced as 'n'

This feature is sometimes called 'g-dropping', and takes place in gerunds, where the final 'ng' is pronounced [ n ] . This is a very common feature in the speech of several Americans, no matter ethnical background.

I read that, and I was wondering... Is it true that many Americans do that? That article was about Ebonics, by the way. I think I often pronounce final NG's as N's. I'll give you some examples:
Going down ---> Goin down
Bending over ---> Bendin over

Not sure I can do it any other way, unless I pronounce the words separately. However, this doesn't apply to all NG's all the time. I think "going crazy" is not usually "goin crazy", for me.
In other cases, I can't make up my mind. One of this cases is "going south".

Any advice? Thank you Emotion: smile
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Hi,

It's extremely common. I'd say that everybody does it a great deal. In writing, such speech is indicated by replacing the 'g' with an apostrophe.

Clive
Ah, thanks. Interesting, I don't tend to talk "black" then...
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It sounds awful. Stop it at once!

CJ
It's very common in the UK too (nothing to do with the colour of the speaker).
CalifJimIt sounds awful. Stop it at once!

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Thank you all for your opinions! Emotion: smile

A Brit and a Canadian-(Brit?) against a Western American... hmmm, what should I do? The problem is that it seems to me that an N instead of an NG is unavoidable and natural in certain cases...

Bending over ---> bendy no ver...

But, as always, I'm trying to repeat some words... and now I'm not so sure it always happens. Definitley if I try to say something fast, though. But you know, I've always had problems with final N and NG sounds... not that I can't do them, but it seems to me that sometimes that distinction is not very clear (in English at least, in my dialect there are only final NG's and final N's would be noticeable and wrong).

PS: after some tests, I think I might tend to pronounce NG correctly, but the final part sometimes turn into an N sound because of what follows.
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"g-dropping" is a misleading term, since there is no /g/ to be dropped... going has /ŋ/ and goin has /n/. It's a question of where you put your tongue at the end of the word. The /n/ pronunciation is the more conservative one, since it is derived from the older -ende suffix - the -ing suffix was used later.

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Alienvoord"g-dropping" is a misleading term, since there is no /g/ to be dropped... going has /ŋ/ and goin has /n/. It's a question of where you put your tongue at the end of the word.
Hi Alienvoord,
yes, I know. Thanks for the link, here's an interesting fact from that link:

Today, nearly all English speakers drop g's sometimes, but in a given speech community, the proportion varies systematically depending on formality, social class, sex, and other variables as well.

That's what I wanted to know... even though Jim doesn't seem to be very happy about it... Emotion: smile
We all do it. But it's sometimes seen as being rather low class and common in the UK.
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