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    Endings -e/-es

    When are they pronounced like /iz/, when like /s/ (maybe there is also a variant /is/)?

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    Re: Endings -e/-es

    Dear Undeddy:

    Words that end in -x (fox), -ch (church), -sh (wash), -ss (toss), -zz (jazz), -ce (piece), -se (purse), -ge (page) have the audible -es plural.

    Most everything else is just /s/.

    This is an 'off the top of my head' list. If I've left anything out, I'm sure another teacher will jump in to complete/correct my response.

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    Re: Endings -e/-es

    So, you mean that if a word has on of the listed endings, it is pronounced like /iz/.

    But how is a word pronounced if its ending is a
    1) vowel: for example, opportunity -> opportunities /iz/ or/is/ ?
    2) voiced consonants like /l, n,m d etc/: for example, apple -> apples /z/ or /s/

    I'm also interested how the comparative forms of the following words are pronounced: long (->longer /lɒŋgə/ or /lɒŋə), strong, young etc
    So, is there the sound /g/ in the comparative forms of such words?

    Thanks beforehand.

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    Re: Endings -e/-es

    Since your question is so extensive, it would probably be useful for you to try this site:

    Sounds of English

    There you can actually hear the answers.

    Petra

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    Re: Endings -e/-es

    Thanks, but actually I coulld't find what I'm looking for.

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