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Trask's life

How do you pronounce Trask’s?

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    you add an /s/ after saying Trask. The same as you would add an s after saying Jim in Jim's. – Jim May 27 '13 at 5:36
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    Speakers of African American Vernacular English often enunciate ask as ax. If they were talking about something belonging to Trask, they'd probably just call it Trax [whatever]. – FumbleFingers May 27 '13 at 12:57
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    Ax is a historical feature of many dialects, US and British, and is not, I think, generalized to other -ask words. The ordinary reduction of these in US speech is -ass, and I think that in rapid informal speech Trask's would come out /træs:/, with a geminate /s/. But that is not a pronunciation which a learner need or should emulate; ordinary /sks/ will not sound overprecise or affected. – StoneyB May 27 '13 at 13:47
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You pronounce it in the same way in which you pronounce any noun ending in -sk in the plural: disks, tasks, desks; or any verb ending in -sk in the present simple third person singular: asks. There is no exception of a rule here, it follows the rule and you simply say an additional /s/ sound after the name.

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