< g > Dropping

< g > Dropping

AUDIO KEY: Estuary (bold), Standard (italic)

Throughout the English speaking world people drop the ‘g’ in -ING endings, pronouncing them /n/: WORKIN’, CRYIN’, MOANIN’. It’s a feature of most regional accents, including ‘Estuary English’ – which is spoken in the South East of England. 

In Standard English (GB), ‘ing’ endings are pronounced /ŋ/: WORKING, CRYING, MOANING. 

Listen and decide if the sentence is in Estuary English (with g dropping) or Standard English:

1. Watching this isn’t helping!    EE  GB 

2. Anything worth adding?          EE  GB

3. What are you thinking of doing? EE  GB 

4. Driving without stopping!       EE  GB

5. Something out of nothing.       EE  GB

6. I’m having a meeting at 2.      EE  GB

7. Are you choosing the fittings?  EE  GB

8. This painting’s amazing!        EE  GB

Answers & Audio

1. women
2. once
3. again
4. business
5. says
6. does
7. friend
8. built
9. flood
10. sausage

 

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