Pronuciation Clues

Grammar and vocabulary rules are important in writing. This article helps us decipher pronunciation for certain words.

The letter s represents two sounds in English, the unvoiced sound /s/ heard in sister, and the voiced sound /z/ heard in rose.

Note: The “voiced” s sound buzzes, like the sound of /z/. The unvoiced s sound is “soft,” like the hiss of a snake.

When the spelling combination -ise occurs in verbs and nouns, the s is usually voiced, but not always. Click here to learn more.



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