There's no hard and fast rule of pronunciation in English. It all depends on hearing of native speakers like every other language in the world. Though there are some certain rules that help non-native speakers or learners to master the correct pronunciation. I, therefore, suggest to you that you listen to native speakers by watching television programmes, listening to the radio or some CDs and cassettes.
Dear Soup, how about the general use of "s" in English, for example:
sistser [s] but resist [z] Why?
syllable [s] but clumsy [z] why?
vast [s] but was [z]why?
insert [s] but reserve [z] why?
seat [s] but disease [z] why?
absent [s] but present [z] why?
There are so many more examples like the above. Do they have any rules?
Last edited by Dawood Usmani; 10-Jan-2008 at 04:37.