I don't know exact pronunciation of these words. It's hard for me to hear what sound there is "e", "ə" or "ɪ". And on the end I suppose there is "s", possibly "z"?

  • verb "use" [juːz], third person form "uses" ?

  • noun "use" [juːs], plural "uses" ?

What are UK pronunciations?

  • You are right that it is hard to hear. The vowel sound is overpowered by the hard S on both sides. Either ˈjuz-əz or ˈjuz-ɪz is fine. These two vowels are very close together and in some dialects, the pronunciation is somewhat in between: It's known as the "pin-pen merger".
    – user95841
    Jun 18, 2019 at 20:50
  • Thanks, but both are correct? Even there is a very little difference I prefer use correct sound. Jun 19, 2019 at 0:07
  • @Nanigashi Yes, thank you for comment. I corrected it. Jun 19, 2019 at 0:11

2 Answers 2


Where I come from (US English), "use" as a verb is [juːz], and the third person singular form of it ("uses") is [juːzəz]. For the noun: singular is [juːs], and plural is [juːsəz].

  • Thank you for response. Mainly I interested in UK pronunciation, but US is worth to know also. Jun 19, 2019 at 0:13

The phonetic transcription of 'uses' (third person singular) in British English is [ˈjuːzɪz] and that of 'uses' (plural noun) is [ˈjuːsɪz]. The pronunciation with [əz], as mentioned in Lorel C's answer, is dialectal.

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