Saturday, December 11, 2010
certain words ending in sure and sion
I have a friend studying That's English! Basic Level.
I was pleased to see that pronunciation is included in the book!
I looked at one page where a few words that had to be sorted into two groups.
One group had the /ʃ/ sound and the other the /ʒ/ sound.
The /ʃ/ sound is common so it's easy to show example words but the /ʒ/ sound is not so easy to find. As far as I know, the /ʒ/ sound only ever appears within a word and never at the beginning or the end.
Many of these words have a sure or sion ending.
Here are some examples. There are others but these are ones you are more likely to see/use.
ending in sure:-
closure, composure, disclosure, displeasure, enclosure, exposure, leisure, measure, pleasure, treasure.
ending in sion:-collision, conclusion, corrosion, decision, errosion, exclusion, explosion, incision, inclusion, intrusion, invasion, persuasion, revision, supervision, television, transfusion, vision.
Note - Words ending in ssion do not have the /ʒ/ sound.