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The –ING ending is always unstressed. Study what that means and integrate better rhythm contrast into your spoken English.
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In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to go over the word stress of -ing verbs. The -ing form of a verb always adds an extra syllable. And this syllable is always unstressed. So it should be lower in pitch and usually a little faster than the stressed syllable in the word. Take,for example,’standing’ Stand-ing, stand-ing. Standing. Be careful with words like ‘seeing’ or ‘being’. The difference between ‘seeing’ and ‘sing’ is subtle. But — ee-ee, ee-ee, ee-ee — there is that little reemphasis of the vowel sound that makes the second syllable, which is correct. Seeing, seeing. seeing.
So even in quick, everyday speech,in the context of a sentence, it needs to sound different. I’m seeing her later. I’m singer later. I’m seeing her later, I’m singer later. Seeing , seeing.
Let’s look at some more -ing verb words. Doing, do-ing, do-ing. Doing. Following. Fol-low-ing. Following. Hoping. Hop-ing, hop-ing. Hoping. Wondering. Won-der-ing, won-der-ing. Wondering.
Word stress is important. So make sure that you do have this contrast between stressed syllables and unstressed syllables. And keep in mind that the -ing form of a verb always adds an unstressed syllable.
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