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Pronouncing Plurals,

Third-Person

Verbs, Possessives,

and Contractions

 
In English, the -s ending has three different ways of pronouncing. /s/, /z/, and /Iz/
 
Voiceless sounds: /f/ /p/ /t/ /k/ /h/ are pronounced with /s/
 
Voiced Sounds: /l/ ; /r/ ; /m/ ; /n/ ; /v/; /d/; /b/; /d/; /w/; /ng/
All the vowel sounds are voiced, are pronounced with /z/
 
Similar /s/ or /z/ sounds: /sh/; /ch/; /dg/ /s/; /z/, are pronounced with /Iz/
 
I Part. Choose the alternative that best answers each option correctly.
 
1. He swims                               6. The car stops.
 /s/                                       /s/
 /z/                                       /z/
 /iz/                                      /Iz/
 
2. She talks                               7. Roy wishes.
 /s/                                       /s/
 /z/                                       /z/
 /Iz/                                      /Iz/
 
3. Ana watches.                           8. The Church's altar.
 /s/                                      /s/
 /z/                                      /z/
 /Iz/                                     /Iz/
 
4. Roy runs everyday.                   9. Sue's pencil.
 /s/                                      /s/
 /z/                                      /z/
 /Iz/                                     /Iz/
 
5. Luis uses the computer.             10. It tastes good
 /s/                                      /s/
 /z/                                      /z/
 /Iz/                                     /Iz/
 
II. Part. Classify the following words according to their pronunciation.
/s/              /z/              /Iz/
      
   
   
   
   
 
 
Here's, Rats, candles, brushes, cleans, is, walks, bus's, wants,
buzzes, books, dresses, cages, stops, girls,
 
III. Part. Choose the alternative that best answers each option.
 
1. A word pronounced with this sound /s/
 
2. A word pronounced with this sound /z/
 
3. A word pronounced with this sound /Iz/
 
4. A word pronounced with this sound /z/
 
5. A word pronounced with this sound /s/