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.