close vs. close (pronunciation)

Say it with a /zzzzz/ /kləʊz/

When “close” means the opposite of “open”, as to open and close something, please pronounce the “s” as a “z”. For example, a closed [z] door.

Say it with an /ssssss/ /kləʊs/

When “close” refers to a distance, either in the concrete sense (as meters, kilometers…) or in a less easily defined notions of space and time (relationships, position), pronounce the “s” as an “s”. For example: a close [s] working relationship.

Examples of /kləʊz/ :

  • I closed my emails.
  • The case has been closed.
  • The meeting drew to a close.
  • Many stores have closed down and gone out of business in the recent years.

Examples of /kləʊs/:

  • The shopkeeper stood close to the cash register.
  • Our chalet is close to the slopes.
  • We are close friends.
  • This experience will remain close to my heart.

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