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Ahmed Elemam
The S at the End of a Noun and a Verb

I have two questions.
First, how do I know that the "S" at the end of a noun pronounced /s/ or /z/?
Lastly, how do I know that the "S" at the end of a verb pronounced /s/ or /z/?

 

Jul 29, 2016 4:11 AM
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The answer to your two questions is the same - the pronunciation of the final 's' depends on whether the sound that proceeds it is a vowel or a consonant sound. If it's a consonant, it depends whether it's voiced or unvoiced.

 

1. If it's a vowel, 's' is pronounced /z/. For example, plays, boys, goes, flies.

This also applies to vowels followed by an 'r', e.g. cars, offers.

 

2. If it's a voiced consonant, 's' is pronounced /z/. For example, needs, flags, pubs, moves.

 

3. If it's an unvoiced consonant, 's' is pronounced /s/. For example, wants, bricks, cups, cuffs.

July 29, 2016

That is a great question and I could not think of a way to explain it, so I looked it up.  Here's what I found after a Google search:

http://www.grammar.cl/english/pronunciation-final-s.htm

It's a complicated explanation, but there is a chart at the bottom of the page that might help.  Good luck!

July 29, 2016

Thank you so much!

July 29, 2016
Ahmed Elemam
Language Skills
Arabic (Egyptian), English
Learning Language
English