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PRONUNCIATION: third-person -s

Listen to the following pairs of sentences. Can you hear the difference in the pronunciation of the suffix –s between Sentence A and B?

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A: He wants to play the piano. B: She loves playing the piano.

A: He hates horse-riding. B: She goes horse-riding every day.


In Sentence A –s sounds like

s

z

In Sentence B –s sounds like

s

z


The suffix –s is voiced (sounds like z) if it follows a vowel (goes) or a voiced consonant (loves).

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