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English Multigraph "ss"

'ss' is a digraph that we are going to talk about its sound(s) here.

Digraphs are a set of two letters that stand together and produce a new sound.

Digraph ss
Name ss (pronounced /ˌesˈes/)
Sound(s) /s/, /z/, /ʃ/

The Digraph 'ss'

Sound 1: /s/

'ss' at the end of words, always sounds /s/:

dress /dres/

princess /ˈprɪnses/

compass /ˈkʌmpəs/

Sound 2: /z/

'ss' in the middle of words mainly sounds /z/:

scissors /ˈsɪzərz/

dessert /dɪˈzɜːrt/

possess /pəˈzes/

Sound 3: /ʃ/

'ss' in the middle of words also sounds /ʃ/. Note that it can sound /s/ as well.

assure /əˈʃʊr/.

issue ˈɪʃ.uː/

tissue /ˈtɪʃ.uː/

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