All’s Well That Ends Well *

If I could teach people only one pronunciation lesson, it would be this: pronounce the end of the words!  Think about how much information there is at the end of words.

Plurals: Chair vs. Chairs
Possessives: Boy vs. Boy’s
Conjugations: Sell vs. Sells
Negations: Can vs. Can’t
Distinctions between words: Word vs. Work

When you omit the ends of the words, it’s like omitting the last 10 minutes of a film and we are left with many questions. Pronounce the ends of all words unless there is a specific rule against it.

* “Alls Well That Ends Well” is a play by William Shakespeare.  The idea is, “Everything is OK if it ends OK”

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