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Saturday July 17th, 2009
In this week's podcast, we're going to learn when to pronounce the letter <s> as /z/.
Listen carefully to the word "season".
The focus of this week's podcast is:
When is <s> pronounced /z/?
So let's begin by learning the first case in which <s> is pronounced /z/.
Case#1 <s> between two vowels : <s> is usually pronounced /z/ when it occurs between two vowel sounds:
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words in which <s> is pronounced /z/. Notice that <s> is between two vowel sounds.
Case #2: <se>
If the spelling
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words in which <se> comes after a vowel and is therefore pronounced /z/:
use ... these ... lose ... cause .. .choose ... phase ... tease ...
Please note there are some exceptions to this : promise ...house .. mouse ... lease
Notice that in those words <se> came after a vowel but <se> is pronounced /s/.
Case#3: Final <s> as the plural form or third person singular form:
As you know if we add<s> to a noun it beomes plural : one car , two cars.
This final <s> in "loves" is prononced /z/.
The same may be true for final <s> in the third person singular as in "he takes" ... "she waits."
The purpose of today's lesson is not to explain how to determine the pronunciation of final <s> in the plural and third person forms. This requires a separate lesson and will be taught in a future podcast.
Some Important Exceptions:
In addition to the cases we've discussed in today's lesson there are some important words in English in which <s> is pronounced /z/.
is ... was... has ... as...
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