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    Default Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    I look into dictionaries for pronunciation of the simple word NEWS and it is supposed to say NEW-Z, not NEW-S. But I always hear people pronounce it as new-s.

    What do you pronounce it, native speakers?

    By the way, do Americans pronounce the word NOOSE like NEW-S, or NOO-S?

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    Default Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I look into dictionaries for pronunciation of the simple word NEWS and it is supposed to say NEW-Z, not NEW-S. But I always hear people pronounce it as new-s.

    What do you pronounce it, native speakers?

    By the way, do Americans pronounce the word NOOSE like NEW-S, or NOO-S?
    In BrE it's pronounced with a z sound at the end "Newz".

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    Default Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In BrE it's pronounced with a z sound at the end "Newz".
    Thank you, my friend.

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    Default Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    use dictionaries:

    news - definition of news by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    click the flags and the icon right after the word and pay attention


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    Post Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    The s or z has to do with the sound proceeding it. Remember s is unvoiced and z is voiced. If the sound preceeding the letter s is voiced, s gives a voiced z sound and if the sound preeceding the letter s is unvoiced, s gives a unvoiced s sound.
    Remember all vowel sounds are Voiced.

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    Default Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    The s or z has to do with the sound proceeding it. Remember s is unvoiced and z is voiced. If the sound preceeding the letter s is voiced, s gives a voiced z sound and if the sound preeceding the letter s is unvoiced, s gives a unvoiced s sound.
    Remember all vowel sounds are Voiced.
    Yes, but in English, in particular, it's better for students to pay attention to the sounds, not the rules.


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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Yes, but in English, in particular, it's better for students to pay attention to the sounds, not the rules.

    Well, if you know the rules, you will not need to ask questions and would be able to yourself derive what should be correct pronunciation (with the rules of syllable stress you can easily forecast the stressed syllable and thereby the correct pronunciation).

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Well, if you know the rules, you will not need to ask questions and would be able to yourself derive what should be correct pronunciation (with the rules of syllable stress you can easily forecast the stressed syllable and thereby the correct pronunciation).
    What rule would you apply to differenciate these words?

    Seven ways to pronounce ough:

    • dough
    • tough
    • hiccough
    • bough
    • ought
    • cough
    • through

    seven ways, seven words.

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    Default Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    What rule would you apply to differenciate these words?

    Seven ways to pronounce ough:

    • dough
    • tough
    • hiccough
    • bough
    • ought
    • cough
    • through
    seven ways, seven words.
    English is a non phonetic language, you cannot compare spellings with sounds/pronunciation. Its better to write the phonetic transcriptions to learn the pronunciation. And out there, you can have specific patterns (when does ed give a ed, t or id sound, when s gives s or z sound, when a word ends with tion ity, logy, ic, the stress falls on the penultimate syllable, etc)

    Check this useful link
    http://www.onestopenglish.com/sectio...0&docid=146393
    Last edited by anupumh; 01-Sep-2009 at 20:14.

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    Default Re: Pronounce the word NEWS as new-s or new-z?

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    The s or z has to do with the sound proceeding it. Remember s is unvoiced and z is voiced. If the sound preceeding the letter s is voiced, s gives a voiced z sound and if the sound preeceding the letter s is unvoiced, s gives a unvoiced s sound.
    Remember all vowel sounds are Voiced.
    Sorry, this cannot be right. Otherwise, we could not have pairs such as: lose/loose; Jews/juice; maze/mace; cause/course ...
    If all vowels are voiced (which they are), and all /s/ following a vowel also has to be voiced (which it doesn't), then the second of each of these pairs would not be legitimate English words.

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