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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    They're there- as you slow it down, the sound changes to unvoiced, but that doesn't show to me that the original is completely unvoiced. There is an element of voicing there still- I have replayed the original and played your version several times, but can still detect some voicing in the original. Others may hear it differently.

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    In the slowed down version it sounds more unvoiced (it sounds like "you sing"). In the original, I would say it's that halfway sound which I associate with many non-native speakers of English. It's somehow a rather sibilant voiced "s". It reminds me of the way that the girls in ABBA used to say the "s" at the ends of plurals and third person singular verbs in their songs. Because they weren't native speakers, the "s" never sounded properly voiced and was a just a little too sibilant but it wasn't completely unvoiced.
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    Thank you Tdol and emsr2d2 for you comments.

    Maybe you are right.
    I can say that “s” is not a fully voiced [z] and is devoiced to a great extent, but there can still be very weak vocal fold vibrations.

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