Mark the word whose underlined part: from the other three in pronunciation beachesserviceesmessages, techniques
Correct Answer: EASY
A. beaches /biːtʃɪz/
B. services /ˈsɜːvɪsɪz/
C. messages /ˈmesɪdʒɪz/
D. techniques /tekˈniːk/
There are 3 ways to pronounce the last consonant “s/es”:
– /s/: When a word ends in soundless consonants /p/, k/, /f/, /ð/, /t/
– /ɪz/: When the word ends with the sounds /s/, /ʃ/, /tʃ/, /z/, /ʒ/, /dʒ/ (usually ending in the letters ce, x) , z, sh, ch, s, ge, ss)
– /z/: When the word ends with vowels and the remaining consonants.
Option D has the final pronunciation /k/ (e mute), adding “s” makes “es” read as /s/, the remaining options are /ɪz/.