How to Pronounce a Plural Noun

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How to Pronounce a Plural NounA plural noun refers to more than one thing, such as kids, games, etc. Most plural nouns use the ending s, though some use the ending es, for example, buses, sandwiches, etc. A. How do we know which nouns take which endings? To do that, we have to focus on its pronunciation and spelling. Most plural noun use the ending s. however the pronunciation of s is not always /s/. we pronounce /s/ when the end of the word is voiceless /f, k,p,t, / for example, baths /b s/. When the end of the word is voiced /b, d, g, l, m, n, , / for example, games /geImz/. B. How to remember which consonants are voiced or voiceless? Place your hand on your throat. If a consonant is voice, you will feel the vibration of your voiced. If a consonant is voiceless, you will feel no vibration. C. Noun ended in vowel sound Vowel sounds are voiced so a plural ending after a vowel sound is pronounced /z/. for example parties /p rtiz/. D. Spelling and pronunciation note 1 The plural form of nouns that end in consonant y is changed into i and adding es. It doesnt add another syllable. Baby (2 syllables) => babies /beIbiz/ (2 syllables) E. Spelling and pronunciation note 2 Sometimes the form of plural nouns ended with o and added by es doent add another syllable. Potato 3 syllables) => potatoes /p teItouz/. F. The plural ending es Add es to nouns ending in s, z, ch, sh, and x. Bus=> buses Watch=> watches Wish=> wishes Fox => foxes G. The pronunciation of es The plural ending es adds another syllable. Sandwich (2) + -es => sandwiches (3) Kiss (1) + -es => kisses (2) H. Spelling and pronunciation note 3 For nouns that end in a silent e, the form of plural noun is added by an s. this adds another syllable if the final sound before s is /s, z, , , t , d / Place /pleIs/ => places /pleIsIz/ (2 syllables) Plate /pleIt/ => plates /pleIts/ (1 syllable) I. Exercise Which one is correct pronunciation of 1. boys a. /boIz/ => correct b. /boIs/ c. /boIziz/

2. States a. /steItz/ b. /steIts/ c. /steItIz/ 3. Girls a. /g lz/ b. /g ls/ c. /g lIz/

=> correct

=> correct

4. Granddaughters a. /grn,dot z/ b. /grn,dot s/ c. /grn,dot Iz/

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