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5.12: Sometimes -es Is [iz], Sometimes [z]

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Sometimes -es Is [iz], Sometimes [z]

1. The suffix -s is sometimes pronounced ____ and sometimes pronounced ____, but it is always spelled ____. The suffix -es is sometimes pronounced ____ and sometimes pronounced ____, but it is always spelled ____.

2. Read these verbs. Listen carefully to the suffixes -s and -es:

givesholdssaysdigestsseemstaxesgrowsfixesmatcheshurriesweighsobeysfinisheswaitsbuttonsuniversesattachescriestripsfizzessniffspressesshapescoughsletsstrikesflashestalksunlockserases\begin{align*}&\text{ gives} &&\text{grows} &&\text{finishes} &&\text{trips} && \text{lets}\\ &\text{holds} &&\text{fixes} &&\text{waits} &&\text{fizzes} &&\text{strikes}\\ &\text{says} &&\text{matches} &&\text{buttons} &&\text{sniffs} &&\text{flashes}\\ &\text{digests} &&\text{hurries} &&\text{universes} &&\text{presses} &&\text{talks}\\ &\text{seems} &&\text{weighs} &&\text{attaches} &&\text{shapes} &&\text{unlocks}\\ &\text{taxes} &&\text{obeys} &&\text{cries} &&\text{coughs} &&\text{erases}\end{align*}

3. Sort the verbs into these two groups:

4. Sort the verbs that contain the suffix -es into these two groups:

5. When the suffix -es is added to verbs that end with the letter <y> with a consonant letter in front of it, the <y> is changed to _____ and the -es is pronounced _____.

6. When you want to make a plural out of a singular noun that ends in the sounds _______, _____, _____, or _____, you add the suffix _____, and the suffix is pronounced _____.

Word Squares

Fit these twelve -s and -es verbs into the squares. We've given you a start:

repaysdemandskeepsdressesfizzesmatchesrightspressessniffsstudiesbrusheshurries\begin{align*} &\text{repays} &&\text{keeps} &&\text{fizzes} &&\text{rights} &&\text{sniffs} &&\text{brushes}\\ &\text{demands}\surd &&\text{dresses} &&\text{matches} &&\text{presses}\surd &&\text{studies} &&\text{hurries}\end{align*}

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