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/z/ Sound Spelled S Word List

By Rodney Everson • Updated Jun 5th, 2023

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The /z/ sound has six common spellings, se, s, ss, z, zz, and ze. The most common spelling of the /z/ sound is the letter s but never at the beginning of a word. There, the letter z is used. But the letter s is used at the beginning of chunks within a word, so children do need to become proficient at testing the /z/ sound in words like "noi-sy" and "jer-sey".

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 203 of them are words with the /z/ sound spelled "s".

Note on the word divisions: Each word is divided into chunks determined by the unique and highly effective OnTrack Reading Multisyllable Method. The chunks are not syllables.

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