how to pronounce ongoing


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ongoing is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of ongoing in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… despite ongoing efforts biodiversity is …”

meanings of ongoing


  1. Continuing, permanent, lasting.
  2. Presently or currently happening; being in progress.


  1. Something that is going on; a happening.


  1. Present participle of ongo.

ongoing frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word ongoing occurs in english on average 19.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ongoing can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ongoing can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to ongoing


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