Posted by: Idioma Extra | June 12, 2013

Grammar Guru


Pronunciation of -ed ending verbs

Do you have touble with the pronunciation of past tense verbs?

Read the chart below and listen to the sounds to remind you of the rules and take the quiz below to see how you do!

The question is: How do we pronounce the -ed?

The answer is: In 3 ways – / Id/ or / t/ or / d/

If the base verb ends in one of thesesounds: example base verb*: example
with -ed:
pronounce
the -ed:
extra syllable?
unvoiced /t/ want wanted Id/ yes
voiced /d/ end ended
unvoiced /p/ hope hoped t/ no
/f/ laugh laughed
/s/ fax faxed
/S/ wash washed
/tS/ watch watched
/k/ like liked
voiced all other sounds,
for example…
play played d/
allow allowed
beg begged

* note that it is the sound that is important, not the letter or spelling. For example, “fax” ends in the letter “x” but the sound /s/; “like” ends in the letter “e” but the sound /k/.

Take the quiz here to see how well you do!

Taken from Englishclub.com


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