Speaking English correctly: How to pronounce “ed” verbs

English Conversation tips : How to pronounce –ed

English learners sometimes have trouble with “ed” words. Words that end in ed are usually verbs but they can also be adjectives. In English, ed verbs are usually regular verbs to which “ed” is added to the base verb to form the past tense or past participle. There are three basic ways to pronounce verbs that end in ed – “d” “id” and “t.” The key is in the sound of the word not the spelling of the word. Usually the way the verb sounds is written like this /s/. This means that it has an “S” sound. Here are some rules to help you figure out how to pronounce ed verbs in English.

 

The “d” sound

Most verbs (or adjectives) that end in ed take the “d” sound.

For example:

grabbed,

begged,

gagged,

loved,

bombed,

robbed,

played,

buzzed,

towed,

shoved,

stayed,

stormed,

starred,

allowed

 

Verbs that sound like “d” tend to end in the letters a, b, c, e, g, h, I, J, L, M, N, o, p, q, r, u, v, w, y and Z.

 

Id sound

Verbs that sound like “id” end in “t” and “d.” (Think of T and D as TD or touchdown) TD verbs end in id.
For example:

appended,

fended,

added,

asserted,

negotiated,

contracted,

ended,

winded,

scented,

bloated,

sorted,

parted.

 

T sound

Verbs that sound like ‘t’ end in k, f, p, s, gh, ch, sh and ph.

 

For example,

looked,

spooked,

flipped,

laughed,

scratched,

splashed,

liked,

loafed,

coughed,

morphed.

 

 

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