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Anyway, so a lot of people seem to struggle with the pronunciation of suffixes - the common addition to the ends of words - like an ’s’ in ‘parts’ or ‘plates’.
Some are quite obvious, like the ’s’ for instance but some are not. And to be more specific, there are four suffixes that seem to be most confusing:
No. 1 -ed
So when it is preceded by a written ‘t’ or ‘d’ and it is treated as an extra syllable, it is often pronounced as 'id' as in 'kid':
But when treated as part of the final syllable the ‘e’ isn’t spoken - so just add a D sound:
And finally, when it's treated as part of the final syllable, and the final consonant before the ‘ed’ is voiceless (like ‘sh’ ‘f’ ’s’ ‘k’ ‘p’ or ’t'), not only would the ‘e’ not be spoken, but the ‘d’ would be spoken as a T sound:
No. 2 -ory
Im most cases this is simply pronounced as 'ree' and the 'o' is NOT pronounced:
Although in some words the 'o' is pronounced as a schwa
No. 3 -ary
In most cases it is simply pronounced 'ree' and the 'a' is NOT pronounced:
Although in some words the 'a' is pronounced as a schwa
No. 4 -ony
the 'o' in most cases is pronounced as a schwa and the ‘ny’ as an 'nee':
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