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    JiwonAsaCheon is offline Newbie
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    how to pronounce "s's"

    I sometimes get confused about how to pronounce a word that ends with an "s" and has an apostrophe s after it.

    I know that you should write names ending with an "s" as "James's" and the plural form of a word as " birds' ".
    So do you pronounce "James's" as [Jameses] and " birds' " as [birdses] ? or is it just [birds]?

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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    It's Jameses and birds.
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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If there is no s after the apostrophe, there is nothing to pronounce.
    Although I've noticed that most AE speakers - and more than a few BE speakers - write "James' house", even though they say "James's house".

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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    Good point. I probably would think of James's as a strange name. Thus I probably pronounce it like jaMESes.

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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    "James's" isn't a name (unless that word is the name of an establishment). It's the possessive case of "James".
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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    If you have Hawai'i, Ka'iwi, and Moloka'i, sooner or later you would encounter someone named Jami'e.

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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    Hawaiian words are often spelled with apostrophes to represent glottal stops, which are important phonemes in the Hawaiian language. They aren't just decorative.
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    Re: how to pronounce "s's"

    It is actually called the okina. I follow a bit of the annual race there. My point is though English first names don't typically include an apostrophe but Native Hawaiians might have names with the okina in the spelling (but this is just my speculation).

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