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Hearing the “s” at the End of Words

How Can I Hear the “s”?

You can’t always hear the “s”. However, you can listen to the other words in the sentence. The other words often tell you if there is an “s”.

For example, in the sentence

The suit fits Sally now.

you can’t hear the “s” in fits. However, you know the “s” is there because you hear the word now. Look at the two sentences below.

The suit fits Sally now. (Present tense)

The suit fitlinking symbolSally last year. (Past tense)

In the sentence

She wears socks.

you can’t hear the “s” in wears. However, you know the “s” is there because you hear the word she and a present-tense verb. Look at the two sentences below.

She wears socks. (Present tense)

She worelinking symbolsocks. (Past tense)

In the sentence

The two dogs slept all night.

you can’t hear the “s” in dogs. However, you know the “s” is there because you hear the word two.

In the sentence

The birds sound pretty.

you can’t hear the “s” in birds. However, you know the “s” is there because there is no “s” at the end of the word sound. Look at the two sentences below.

The birds soundlinking symbolpretty. (More than one bird)

The birdlinking symbolsounds pretty. (One bird)

In the sentence

He’s still in the office.

you can’t hear the “s” in he’s. However, you know the “s” is there because the sentence needs a verb.

In the sentence

He’s seen some animals.

you can’t hear the “s” in he’s. However, you know the “s” is there because seen always comes with has. Look at the three sentences below.

Helinking symbolseen some animals. INCORRECT!

He has seen some animals. CORRECT!

He’s seen some animals. CORRECT!

You can also listen for the sound (“syllable”) that the “e” makes in “es” endings.

For example, in the sentence

He chooses six shirts.

you can’t hear the “s” in chooses. However, you know the “s” is there because you hear a sound (a “syllable”) between choose and six. Look at the two sentences below.

He/ choo/ses/ six/ shirts/. (5 syllables)

We/ choose/ six/ shirts/. (4 syllables)