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    Default The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    Hi,

    Is there a rule in received pronunciation to know whether the final /s/ of a word is voiced or voiceless?

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    Default Re: The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    Quote Originally Posted by angel-girl1 View Post
    Is there a rule in received pronunciation to know whether the final /s/ of a word is voiced or voiceless?
    The third person -s and the plural suffix -s are pronounced /s/ when they follow an unvoiced sound and /-z/ when they follow a voiced sound.

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    Default Re: The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    Thanks.

    So, eggs is /egz/ But, in the following link it is pronounced as /egs/

    Pronunciation of eggs - how to pronounce eggs correctly.

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    Default Re: The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    Quote Originally Posted by angel-girl1 View Post
    So, eggs is /egz/ But, in the following link it is pronounced as /egs/

    Pronunciation of eggs - how to pronounce eggs correctly.
    That is not a very natural pronunciation.

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    Default Re: The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The third person -s and the plural suffix -s are pronounced /s/ when they follow an unvoiced sound and /-z/ when they follow a voiced sound.
    What if the final /s/ is preceded by a vowel?
    Is it always pronounced as /z/?

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    Default Re: The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    Yes. Vowels are voiced sounds.

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    Default Re: The final /s/ voiced or voiceless

    In the terms of the OP, /s/ is always unvoiced. The letter 's' may sometimes be voiced; in that case it's not /s/, it's /z/.

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