#EngClass: Pronunciation of -s

​Today we will learn about pronunciation of final -s.

Pronunciation is the way in which a word is pronounced.

Pronunciation of final -s depends on the last sound of the verb or noun which is usually a consonant.
Final -s can be pronounced in three different ways:

  1. /iz/ 

If the last consonant sound of the word is a sibilant sound (a hissing or buzzing sound), the final -s is pronounced as /iz/.
Examples of words ending in the /iz/ sound:

Buses /s/

Sizes /z/

Wishes /sh/

Matches /ch/

Boxes /x/

Languages /ge/

Replaces /ce/

Kisses /ss/
2. /s/

If the last consonant sound of the word is voiceless, the final -s is pronounced as /s/.
Examples of words ending in /s/ sound:

Pets /t/

Sleeps /p/

Books /k/

Cliffs /f/

Months /th/
3. /z/

If the last consonant sound of the word is voiced sound, the final -s is pronounced as /z/.
Examples of words ending in /z/ sound: 

Grabs /b/

Lids /d/

Dogs /g/

Hills /l/

Musicians /n/

Repairs /r/

Dreams /m/

Plays /y/

Sings /ng/

Gloves /v/

Sees (vowel sound)

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

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