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Hello, everyone!

Here's a quick question for y'all:

Sometimes, the s letter at the end of some words is proceeded by a vowel. My question is: should I pronounce it as an "s" or as a "z"?

For example: "in my arms again". Is it "armsagain" or "armzagain"? I'm aware that, by itself, the s should be pronounced simply as an s.

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JoaozinSometimes, the s letter at the end of some words is proceeded by a vowel.

I think you mean followed by a vowel?

The pronunciation of plural "s", whether a soft "s" or "z" sound, depends on what precedes it, not what follows it. Contrary to what you say, "arms" is pronounced "armz", and this is true whether it is followed by "again" or any other word.

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Also summarized here. (Disregard the misleading thread title.)

The sound of "S" at the beginning and in the middle of words

CJ

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Yes, i meant followed. My bad.

Anyway, is there a way to tell how the plural s should be pronounced in different words?

JoaozinAnyway, is there a way to tell how the plural s should be pronounced in different words?

Yes, there are rules that you will find listed on many websites, e.g. https://www.brighthubeducation.com/esl-lesson-plans/52818-spelling-and-pronunciation-rules-for-plural-nouns/ (scroll down to "Pronouncing Regular Plurals").

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