I don’t know what they’ve told you in school,
But there’s one thing they usually forget to mention:
When you see N and G together (like in ‘sing’ ‘writing’ and ‘bang’)
There is actually NO true G! (Well… almost always)

Here’s a list of minimal pairs for you to practice:


Also, it’s important that you know that not every time you see the letter combination n+g you should drop the g.
Sometimes the g after the ŋ consonant is released. For example:

1.The comparative/superlative degree is added to adjectives such as long, strong and young: long+er > lɔŋgər
2. Certain suffixes added to a root word ending in ‘ng’: prolong-> proʊlɔŋ prolongate->proʊlɔŋgeɪt
3. When ‘ng’ appears in the middle of the word, in the root part of the word: England->ɪŋglənd English->ɪŋglɪnʃ single-> sɪŋgl
4. Sometimes the ‘ng’ represent the /dʒ/ consonant as in ‘range’

I know it’s difficult to remember the rules, this is why your safest bet is to mostly focus on making the ŋ in ‘-ing’ endings (there’s never g after ŋ at the end of the word) and that’s also the most common appearance of the sound (and I find it most noticeable).

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