In this lesson, you are going to learn both pronunciations of ending ch and ch-ending words that sound like k/ /k/.
Pronunciation of Ending ‘CH’
The pronunciation of ‘CH’ is very important when it comes to the end of a verb or a noun. It ensures whether we have to take either ‘s’ or ‘es’ for the following reasons.
According to grammar if the ending ‘ch’ sounds like /tʃ/, we have to take ‘es’
- ‘with a verb for the third-person singular number in present indefinite tense’ and
- ‘to make the nouns plural’.
If the ending ‘ch’ sounds like /k/, we have to take ‘s’ for the above reasons.
But studying grammar we cannot learn when the sound of ending ‘ch’ will be like /tʃ/ or /k/. So, the students, the teachers and even
the grammarians are confused when to take ‘s’ or ‘es’ for the ending ‘ch’ nouns and verbs.
After studying the pronunciations of all the CH-ending words of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, I have found only 11 words which ending ‘ch’ sounds like /k/. The sound of the rest of the words of ending ‘ch’ is /tʃ/. So, if we learn these very 11 words, there will be nothing to be confused about.
Ch-ending words which ending ‘ch’ sound like /k/
As I told, there are only eleven words which ending-ch sound like k. The words are
- Epoch (noun)
- Eunuch (noun)
- Loch (noun)
- Matriarch (noun)
- Oligarch (noun)
- Patriarch (noun)
- Psych (verb)
- Stomach (noun/verb)
- Tech (noun-informal)
- Triptych (noun)