Just listening Manu Chao's marvelous song, "Me Quedo Contigo" The question is - sometimes (not only in this song) it's sounds like last S in some words (ideas, ellas, siglos, ojos, labios etc.) is muted.

Is it a dialect or something? How widely this pronunciation is accepted?

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    I notice this often when people say "Buenas noches" and it sounds like "Buena noches."
    – Flimzy
    Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 3:07

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It's dialectal, but very widespread. In many parts of Southern Spain and South America it's common to omit the last "s". It's never correct in standard Spanish.

  • Oh, I see. Once again it turns out that reality is more complicated than it described in tutorials ) thank you!
    – shabunc
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 19:30
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    In Mexico is not common to do it. Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 20:20
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    It is common in Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. Also, this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 0:11
  • I also heard this a lot in Venezuela.
    – Rachel
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 3:46
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    When they drop the -s, this changes the preceding vowel, “opening” it up a bit.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 14, 2012 at 4:01

Caribbean countries barely pronounce the ending S at all, Colombians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans.

Manu Chao is quite a case. Since he (or mano negra / Former band) sings in French, Spanish, Portuguese, English and even in a dialect used between France, Spain and Portugal, which I can't remember the name.

Grammatically speaking, when you write it THE S MUST GO, there are no exceptions.

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