What is the pronunciation of s in plural of θ?
Topic: Plural thesis
July 19, 2019 / By Heleen Question:
Pronunciation of ''oath‘’ is /əuθ/， but the pronunciation of oaths is /əʊðz/, I don't know why.
We also use /z/ for baths and paths. But the pronunciation of s in months is /S/ !!!!!!
Best Answers: What is the pronunciation of s in plural of θ?
Drusilla | 5 days ago
1. The reason that we have theses inconsistencies is because English is like that.
2. I did look up your words in the Merriam, and this is what i found: Oaths is pronounced with either "z," or "s."
Paths and baths can be pronounced with an "s" just as months.
3.The way that people text these days, paths and maths and oaths are not going to be our major problem. Just do not lose sleep over it,
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plural of "process"?
I've heard this pronounced (mispronounced?) "processees". But process is not to processes as hypothesis is to hypotheses (pronounced hypothesees), so I think processes should be pronounced, well, processes. Who's right?
The pronunciation of s or z at the end of the word depends on the sound of the letters before.
Voiced consonant: g, v, - use z sound dogs gloves
Unvoiced p, k, use s sound lips, books
If you keep the unvoiced th at the end of oath when you say the plural then there will be an s
The plural can be pronounced with the voiced form of th as in 'the'
knife / knives - v is voiced so the s has a z sound.
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Many consonants have two pronunciation versions. The versions are called "voiced" and "voiceless." For instance, "th" is voiceless in the word "oath", but voiced in the word "the." You can tell the difference by putting two fingers lightly over your Adam's apple as you pronounce the sound. If you feel the vocal chords vibrate, the sound is voiced. Likewise, "s" has a voiced and voiceless version.
In your examples, the final "th" sound is voiceless, so the voiceless "s" is generally used because it is very hard for the speech apparatus to switch from one to the other so quickly. Frankly, there may be regional or individual variations, but the usual pronunciation is the voiceless "s" after a voiceless "th."
By the way, are you aware that "b" and "p" are the voiced and voiceless variants of the same sound?
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It depends on where you are from. I pronounce oaths with an s not a z.
Also the same for paths and baths. Both are pronounced with a s.
I repeat: it depends on where you live.
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Originally Answered: Plural or singular?
Ordinarily the numbers have to match for this sort of general statement -- girls/skirts, a girl/a skirt.
In the first example you give, someone who says "a tattoo on girls" MAY be trying to make it clear that they are NOT talking about girls who have MULTIPLE tattoos. But the best way out of this is to make BOTH terms singular -- "I like a girl with a tattoo." And of course, "I like a girl with tattoos" is fine.
As for "girls in a skirt". It is incorrect, but I would not make such a big deal of it for casual conversation. (Note that in this case, there should be no concern about using the singular "skirt" to avoid confusion. since it is extremely doubtful we're contemplating a girl wearing several skirts at the same time!)