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    #1

    the pronunciation of "houseS"

    Dear all,

    When you read aloud the plural form of "house",do you say /hauziz/ or /hausiz/?

    I thought it's always /hauZIZ/ but my dictionary says in Amrican English it's /hausiz/.

    Is this the standard in America?


    Thank you!

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    Re: the pronunciation of "houseS"

    I'm no pronunciation expert but I would say 'hausiz' is probably
    the correct pronunciation. Like most people, Canadians and Americans
    are lazy when it comes to proper pronunciation so /s/ often come out /z/
    in everyday speech.

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    #3

    Re: the pronunciation of "houseS"

    It's always how-ziz in BE.

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    #4

    Re: the pronunciation of "houseS"

    On this page, you will find two recordings of the pronunciations of the word.

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    #5

    Re: the pronunciation of "houseS"

    My [American] dictionary agrees with Rover_KE. I stand corrected.

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    #6

    Re: the pronunciation of "houseS"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's always how-ziz in BE.

    Rover
    For the plural noun., and always for the verb. But for the singular possessive I've heard both. (I know you can't hear an apostrophe, but this is a clue to the presence* of one if the word were to be written down).

    b

    PS *And even position: the house's roof with an /s/, and 'the houses' rooves' with a /z/
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Jun-2011 at 12:00. Reason: Added PS

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