Pronunciation: Adding S for plural and simple present third person

Consonants: Final ‘s’ sounds

You can watch, listen, and repeat these sounds in Eric’s video:

English has three sounds for the letter “s.” You have to pay attention to the final sound before the s.

  • Voiceless sounds: /s/
  • Voiced sounds: /z/
  • The sounds in s, z, sh, ch, j, g: /ɪz/

 

A. Type one:  Voiceless +  /s/

Verbs and nouns ending in voiceless consonants + /s/

Practice: Circle or find the final sound before the s

Example :  takes   The last sound before s is /k/

Steps ____              looks____                laughs ____            fits_____

taps_____               fakes______            Eric’s ______

B. Type two: Voiced + /z/

Verbs and nouns ending in voiced consonants + /z/

Practice: Circle or find the final sound before the s

Example :  dogs   The last sound before s is /g/

Plans____                tags ____                halves ____            goes______
labels_____             climbs ___              stars ______            minds_____

Plays _____             sees _____              sues ___                  teacher’s _____

C.   Type three: /ɪz/

Verbs and nouns ending in /s/,  /z/,  sh/ʃ/,  zh/ʒ/,  ch/ʧ/,  j/ʤ/,   x/ks/   + /ɪz/
Practice: Circle or find the final sound before the s

Example :  misses The last sound before s is /s/

kisses_______          fizzes _____             wishes ______          garages _____

churches ____        judges ____            fixes ______            Chris’s _______

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