Contributed by Daniel Evans

 

ONE POINT LESSON: PRONUNCIATION

 

Pronunciation of Plurals

 

Pronouncing most plurals is very easy, we just need to finish with a SS sound.  For example:

one cat --------------- two cats

  one book --------------- three books

one painter -------------- four painters

 

These words sound exactly the same for singular (one) and plural (more than one), except with the plural we pronounce a short SS sound at the end.

But what happens if the singular word already has a SS sound at the end?

Eg.  boss, box, wash, house

In this situation, we need to add a SIZ sound.

bosses    sounds like   BOSSIZ

boxes      ----------------   BOKSIZ

washes  ------------------  WASHIZ

houses  -------------------  HOUSIZ

 

IMPORTANT: Many people make a mistake with TH words. Eg. clothes, months, baths.

Words with ...ths or ...thes NEVER have the ...SIZ pronunciation.  We ALWAYS finish these words with a normal SS sound.

 

So the word 'clothes' is pronounced CLOWTHS, not CLOWTHSIZ.

MONTHS not MONTHSIZ

 

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