How to Pronounce the s ending



‘s’ endings are sounds that many people struggle to either reproduce correctly or just flat out drop of the end of the word. ‘s’ endings are so important in the English language, meanings, quantity, and comprehension can all be affect by using the wrong sound or no sound at all.

So,How to Pronounce the s ending

The question is: How to pronounce the s ending?

The answer is: In 3 ways – / Z/ or / S/ or / IZ/

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Rules are as follows below

* Note:

  • that it is the sound that is important, not the letter or spelling. For example, “fax” ends in the letter “x” but the sound /s/; “like” ends in the letter “e” but the sound /k/.


1.) If the word ends in an unvoiced consonant sound: /f/, /k/, /p/, /t/, /θ/-(thin), pronounce “s” as /s/.

ExamplesWord class TransciptionListen
DevelopsV/dɪˈveləpS/
MeetsV/miːtS/
BooksN/bʊkS/
LaughsV/læfS/
MonthsN/mʌnθS/

2.) When it ends in a voiced consonant sound, /b/, /d/, /g/, /l/, /m/, /n/, /ng/, /r/ or with a vowel sound, /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/, pronounce “s” as /z/.

ExamplesWord class TransciptionListen
PubsN/pʌbZ/
BirdsN/bɜːrdZ/
BuildingsN/ˈbɪldɪŋZ/
LivesV/lɪvZ/
BreathesV/briːðZ/
RoomsN/ruːmZ/
MeansV/miːnZ/
ThingsN/θɪŋZ/
FillsV/fɪlZ/
CarsN/kɑːrZ/
DiesV/daɪZ/
WindowsN/ˈwɪndoʊZ/

3.) If it ends with /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /tʃ/-chair, /dʒ/-the second “g” in garage, /dz/-(j), pronounce “s” or “-es” as /IZ/.

ExamplesWord class TransciptionListen
KissesV/ N/’kɪsIZ/
DancesV/’dænsIZ/
BoxesN/’bɑːksIZ/
RosesN/’roʊzIZ/
DishesN/’dɪʃIZ/
RougesV/’ruːʒIZ/
WatchesV/’wɑːtʃIZ/
ChangesV/’tʃeɪndʒIZ/

In other words, if the word ends with a sound other than the 5 unvoiced consonants, pronounce “s” with a /z/ (or with an /IZ/ as the case may be).

How to Pronounce the s ending

Remember!!!!!

The final letter is not important, it is the final sound which affects the ‘s’ ending.

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