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WHY Y DOESN’T SOUND LIKE Y SOMETIMES

When the S sound, Z sound, T sound, and D sound precede a word that has an initial Y (usually the words YOU or YOUR), the two sounds often combine to form a new, different sound, especially in informal speech.


S + Y = the sound in SHoe Pass your plate. [sounds like: pashyour plate]
Z + Y = the sound in ViSIon Where’s your fork? [sounds like: wherezhyur fork?]
T + Y = the sound in CHeap I met your friend. [sounds like: I mechyour friend]
D + Y = the sound in Jet Where’d you go? [sounds like: wherejoo go]
TS + Y = the sound in Cheap She pets your dog. [sounds like: she petchyour dog]
DZ + Y = the sound in Jet She needs your help. [sounds like: she neejour help]

PART 1: FIND AND UNDERLINE THE SOUNDS THAT COMBINE.

1. Could you please be quiet? 9. Did you floss your teeth?
2. Does your mom let your dad smoke? 10. Where’d you put your keys?
3. What’s your name? 11. Did you forget your picture?
4. Mr. Hatcher was at your house. 12. What would you do?
5. I’ve never seen you lose your temper. 13. Didn’t you chew gum in class.
6. When do you feed your pets? 14. I think the boss gives you too much money.
7. Is your vision good? 15. Did you pass your test?
8. Where did you get your car from? 16. Why’d your dog bite your neighbor?

PART 3: FIND AND UNDERLINE THE SOUNDS THAT COMBINE.

A: Hey. So tell me, how’d you do on the test?

B: Awful. How’d you do?

A: Okay, I guess. Didn’t you study? Did you forget?

B: No, and I don’t need your advice right now either.

A: Sorry. Wow. You’re really touchy today.

B: Would you be happy if you just failed your test?