When a particular new food is given to you, and you tasted it, you say:

"Nice! It tasteS like chicken!''

Do you say it with stressed S sound or you don't have to? Because I heard from BBC learning English that a native said ''it taste like chicken'' which supposedly like ''it tastes like chicken'' (But I'm not sure)

LINK: BBC laboratory grown meat

Was the native wrong?

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    Yes, I do pronounce the final s, a lazy speaker would be more likely to say "tase like". But do you pronounce the t in it? Oct 25, 2018 at 17:11
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    Nothing to do with grammar but pronunciation. It is quite hard to pronounce each t unless speaking very slowly and deliberately. More usually the first t is a glottal stop. Oct 25, 2018 at 17:49
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    Please quote the source of "BBC learning English". Oct 25, 2018 at 18:15
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    Thanks John. I am sorry to disappoint you but I hear two esses, although the final one is slight. So I noticed no missing consonants in "tastes". Oct 26, 2018 at 16:22
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    Yes, the pronunciation in the recording is subtle. I had to listen several times to convince myself that the final s is spoken. Oct 26, 2018 at 18:03

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It can be difficult to hear the two /s/‘s in words ending in /sts/. But even if you can’t hear it, you should think of the second /s/ as being there: it is supposed to be there in the accents that are typically taught to learners. (I feel tempted to say “standard” accents, but some people argue that there aren’t really any standard accents of English.)

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