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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #95275: Pronunciation of final S
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    Pronunciation of final S

    How to pronounce the final  -s (-es)  final

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          If a word ends with the letter 's' there are three different ways to pronounce this 's'

     /S/ /Z/ /IZ/
     SSSSSSS ZZZZZZZZ This IS a rose. 
     The sound of a snake which hisses.
     The sound of a bee which buzzes.
     Similar to the word 'is'.

    1.    /s/ 

    After a   ' voiceless sound'
     /f/  /k/ /p/  /θ/ ( th doux) /t/
    she laughshe askstwo cups two moths two cats 
     /lɑːf/  =>  /lɑːfs//ˈɑːsk/   => /ˈɑːsks/  /kʌp  =>   /kʌps/  /mɒθ/   =>  /mɒθs/  /kæt/   =>  /kæts/

       2.    /z/

     After a  ' voiced sound'
    pubs bedsbagsowls
     /pʌb/  =>   /pʌbz/  /bed/   =>  /bedz/ /bæg/   =>  /ˈbægz/ɔːl/  =>  /ɔːlz/ 
    /m//n//ng (ŋ)/v/ /ð/   (th dur)
    drumsit burnssongsgloveshe breathes
     /drʌm/  =>  /drʌmz/ /bɜːn/  =>  /bɜːnz/ /sɒŋ/   =>  /sɒŋz/ /ɡlʌv/  =>  /ɡlʌvz/ /briːð/   =>   /briːðz/
     Tous les sons voyelles sont des 'voiced sounds'
    car  => carsshoe  =>  shoesbow  => bowsshe's a girl
      /kɑː/  =>  /kɑːz/   /ʃ/  =>  /ʃz/     /bəʊ =>   /bəʊz /  =>  z/ 

      3.   /iz/

     After these sounds:
     /dj/ (dʒ) /s/ /z/ /sh/ (ʃ) /tch/  (tʃ)
    wage  =>   wagesbus  =>   busesbuzz => buzzesbush  =>  busheswatch  =>  watches
      /weɪ/   =>  /weɪiz/ /bʌs/   =>  /siz  /bʌz/   =>  /bʌziz/   /bʊʃ/   =>   /bʊʃiz/    /wɒ/   =>  /wɒiz/


    Difficult plural forms

     /θ/  (singular) =>  /ð/ (plural).

     Ex:   mouth  /maʊθ/, pl. mouths /maʊðz/               path  /pɑːθ/    pl paths   /pɑːðz
    2 plural forms for this word: 
           oath  /əʊθ/   pl. oaths  /əʊθs/   OR /əʊðz

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    Choose the right pronunciation of the 's' or 'es'.


     hope   /həʊp/
     orange  /ˈɒrɪndʒ/
     door   /dɔ:/









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