I look into dictionaries for pronunciation of the simple word NEWS and it is supposed to say NEW-Z, not NEW-S. But I always hear people pronounce it as new-s.
What do you pronounce it, native speakers?
By the way, do Americans pronounce the word NOOSE like NEW-S, or NOO-S?
news - definition of news by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
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The s or z has to do with the sound proceeding it. Remember s is unvoiced and z is voiced. If the sound preceeding the letter s is voiced, s gives a voiced z sound and if the sound preeceding the letter s is unvoiced, s gives a unvoiced s sound.
Remember all vowel sounds are Voiced.
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Last edited by anupumh; 01-Sep-2009 at 21:14.
If all vowels are voiced (which they are), and all /s/ following a vowel also has to be voiced (which it doesn't), then the second of each of these pairs would not be legitimate English words.