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Pronunciation of Final /-s/ and /-es/

on June 7, 2013

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Pronunciation of Final /-s/ and /-es/

1. The /s/ at the end of a word preceded by a voiced sound is pronounced /z/.

2. The /s/ at the end of a word preceded by a voiceless sound is pronounced /s/.

Voiced Sounds

a, e, i, o, u b d g j l m

n r v w x y *z

Voiceless Sounds

c f h k p

q *s t *ch *sh

*see below

Try these words. Determine if the /s/ at the end of these words sounds like /z/ or

/s/.

1. downpours

2. reservations

3. payments

4. symptoms

5. heights

6. slayings

7. statistics

8. struggles

9. musicians

10. arrives

11. casinos

12. attends

13. pickups

14. incorporates

15. claims

16. please

*Additionally, when the /-es/ comes after the /s/, /z/, and the following

combinations, /sh/, /ch/, /ss/, /ge/, and /dge/, the pronunciation of the last

syllable is /­z/. Try these examples:

1. judges

2. stages

3. watches

4. classes

5. washes

 

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