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Supplementary 6 File 2

PRONUNCIATION S ENDINGS
We use s (or es) endings in four different ways:
in plural nouns: Why have you got three phones on your desk?

in verbs: She phones him every day.

in possessives: Have you got Marias phone number?

in the contractions of is and has: The phones ringing. Hes my father.

ATrack 1 When we add an s (or es) ending to a word, the number of syllables in
the word sometimes stays the same. Listen.

B-

day

Im staying for a day

(1 syllable)

days

Im staying for two days. (1 syllable)

Track 1 But sometimes we add an extra syllable to the pronunciation. Listen.


match
matches

Have you got a match?

(1 syllable)

Have you got any matches? (2 syllables)

C - The rule is that we add an extra syllable if the last sound in the word is one
of these:
/s/
Alice
Alices
/z/
Rose
Roses
//
finish
finishes
match
matches
/t/
/d/
George
Georges
D. Work with a partner. Do you add an extra syllable to the pronunciation of
these s endings? Fill in the number of syllables.

go
goes
finish
finishe
s
Georg
e
George
s

No. of
syllables
1
1
2
3

Its time to go
Hit the ball and watch where it
goes
When does the course finish?
Do you know when the course
finishes?
Have you met George?
Its Georges birthday.

train
trains
box
boxes
boss
bosss
glove
gloves
page
pages

Were waiting for the train


The trains late again
Open the box
Open the boxes
Thats the boss.
Thats the bosss office.
Is this your glove?
Are these your gloves?
Which is the right page?
This books got 120 pages.

Track 2 Listen, check and repeat.


D. Look at the family tree and complete the sentences.

Example: Joyce _____is____ Georges daughter_____.


1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Joyce and Mike ____________ Dennis______________.


Tom _____________ Dennis _______________.
James and Joyce _______________ Mr. and Mrs. Birch_______________.
Dennis ________________ George _________________.
Joyce _______________ Mike Jones _________________.

Track 3 Listen and check your answers. Then listen again and repeat.