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    "s" in ancestors pronounced as /z/? or /s/?

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    #2

    Re: "s" in ancestors pronounced as /z/? or /s/?

    It's more like a "z" when I say it.

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    Re: "s" in ancestors pronounced as /z/? or /s/?

    Same here.

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    Re: "s" in ancestors pronounced as /z/? or /s/?

    if a words ends in a vowel in the case of ancestors ' the schwa' then the final 's' is pronounced /z/. I suggest you refer to "The English Pronouncing Dictionary" by Daniel Jones

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    Re: "s" in ancestors pronounced as /z/? or /s/?

    Quote Originally Posted by akianemelly View Post
    if a words ends in a vowel in the case of ancestors ' the schwa' then the final 's' is pronounced /z/. I suggest you refer to "The English Pronouncing Dictionary" by Daniel Jones
    Daniel Jones!
    Good suggestion.
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    Re: "s" in ancestors pronounced as /z/? or /s/?

    Also, the simple rule is, the audible phoneme (sound) immediately preceding the final S determines whether the S is voiced or unvoiced, as the S simply follows its pattern:

    dog - dogs (/z/ because /g/ is voiced)
    cat - cats (/s/ because /t/ is unvoiced.)

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