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  • Still, related businessmen all singed a contract to keep their agenda secret.
  • Still, all the businessmen involved signed a contract to keep their agenda secret.
  • The word "related" can have the meaning you probably intended, when the noun it modifies represents an inanimate object or an idea. However, when used to describe people, it has a different meaning, having to do with family relationships. The combination "ng" makes a nasal sound in the throat (what linguists call a "velar nasal"); the tongue is not directly involved. The combination "gn" is (usually) pronounced the same as n (i.e., with the tongue in the same position as for d and t; the g is silent in English. The preceding vowel (if there is one) is usually long. So "sign" is pronounced the same as "sine", and "cosign" is pronounced the same as "cosine", and "deign" is pronounced the same as "Dane". (There are however a few cases where the vowel is not long, e.g., "foreign". The g is still silent.) There is a case where "gn" is not pronounced this way: if the g and the n are in different syllables, then both letters are pronounced in the usual way. This happens even when the "gn" got to be in different syllables only because a prefix or suffix was added. For example, "sign" is pronounced like "sine", but "signified" is three syllables (sig + nif + ied), and each syllable is pronounced as you would expect it to be if it were by itself. Similarly, the g in "gnostic" is silent, but in "agnostic" (literally "not gnostic" -- the a is an alpha privative) the g is pronounced as the last sound in the first syllable: ag + nost + ic.

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