Do English speakers pronounce the character (g) in (verb+ing) like "working"? and What is the correct pronunciation of the letter (t) at the end of words like (doubt)?

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    1) - The g does not stand by itself; ing is pronounced as a unit. Accents and pronunciation vary from region to region, and some people do pronounce a very slight hard G at the end - but most don't. 2) The t in "doubt" is a normal T; it's the b that's silent. Pronounce it like "dowt". – MT_Head May 24 '14 at 21:03
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    Doubt is /dawt/, rhyming with out /awt/. There is no /ɡ/ at the end of the gerund -ing suffix; /ɡ/ is a voiced velar stop, but the sound at the end of /-ɪŋ/ suffix is /ŋ/, a voiced velar nasal. The nasal /ŋ/ can occur either by itself at the end of a syllable (as in singing /sɪŋɪŋ/), or before /k/ or /ɡ/ at the end of a syllable (as in think /θɪŋk/ or longer /lɔŋɡər/). Note that finger /fɪŋɡər/ doesn't rhyme with singer /sɪŋər/; that's because one has a /ɡ/ and the other doesn't, in pronunciation. English spelling doesn't show pronunciation very well. – John Lawler May 24 '14 at 21:04
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    Some dialects do have a final /ɡ/ in the -ing form (and in other words where most dialects have /ŋ/). Estuary English has the stylised form sumfink (‘something’). @Fumble, you’re simply deriving the word regularly. The comparative longer, with its hard g, is irregular (cf. wrong/wronger, both of which have only /ŋ/), whereas a longer (with /ŋ/, no g) is perfectly regular from to long. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 24 '14 at 21:31
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    When in doubt about the pronunciation of working use a dictionary and listen to the audio file. They're usually reliable. – Mari-Lou A May 25 '14 at 7:08
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    @TheMathemagician There are many local accents in the UK which drop the g from words such as that. Plenty of Londoners wouldn't say fishing - they'd say fishin'. – WS2 May 25 '14 at 7:13

Do English speakers pronounce the character (g) in (verb+ing) like "working"?

They pronounce the ng which together represent the /ŋ/ sound.

and What is the correct pronunciation of the letter (t) at the end of words like (doubt)?


There are of course varieties in dialect and accent. Some accents produce a sound for -ing closer to /n/ than to /ŋ/.

  • In writing, when we want to emphasize that the speaker uses a dialect with the /n/ pronunciation, we write workin', replacing the g with an apostrophe. – Barmar May 30 '14 at 16:40
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    @Barmar, true though it's more fun to try to reflect received pronunciation as heard by someone with another accent, such as Sue Townsend having Queen Elizabeth (ex-queen in the story in question) ask "do you have an ix? I wish to gain access to my arse" or just large chunks of Alasdair Gray's Something Leather (and to think that the critics dismissed it as, as Gray's complaint about the reviews put it, "a sadomasochistic lesbian adventure story", when it is in fact a sadomasochistic lesbian adventure story that uses wordplay to analyse class-privilege). – Jon Hanna May 30 '14 at 17:12

"Ing" is usually the rhyme of "ring" or "sing", if this leads you to an understanding. " t" in doubt is pronounced while the b is a useless, residual appendage.

  • when I listened to a T character in English courses as in "doubt you","about you" and "Idon't know" a T character was not pronounced – ahmed anwar May 25 '14 at 22:50
  • @ahmedanwar "I dunno" is not formal English. – Kris May 26 '14 at 13:35
  • @Kris i know that – ahmed anwar May 26 '14 at 15:08
  • @ahmedanwar If you did not hear the standard "T" sound /t/ in the word doubt, you might have heard the subtle glottal stop /ʔ/ sound. The glottal stop is used commonly as a pronunciation of "T" in variants of American English (especially informal English), so maybe you heard /daʊʔ/ instead of /daʊt/. However, the one with /t/ is more correct. Listen here for the correct pronunciation: oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/doubt_1 (The special characters that I use are part of the International Phonetic Alphabet, which allow me to "write" the pronunciation.) – Theodore Broda May 26 '14 at 22:22
  • The glottal stop is sometimes used in British English, too. – Theodore Broda May 26 '14 at 22:26

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