ESL and IELTS Help 4 U

“ed”

Posted on: July 26, 2010

Do you know when “ed” at the end of a word sounds like “t” or “d” or “edd”?

started

wished

canned

Here are some helpful hints….

1. If a word ends with a “d” or “t” sound, then past tense is pronounced as “edd.”

started……..decided……..loaded……..wanted………negotiated…….needed

created…….landed……….hated………visited………..counted……..shouted.

2. Some sounds in English are what we call voiceless. A voiceless sound is a sound that uses air but not your voice: “sh”  “t”  “ch”  “s”  “k”  “p”  “f”  When a word ends in a voiceless sound, past tense is pronounced like a “t.”

wished……..watched…….missed………kissed………worked………pushed

winked……..linked………stressed……..paced…….raced……shopped

talked……….laughed………staffed………touched………asked…….jumped.

3. Any other words, in the past tense, are pronounced with just the “d” sound.

planned……..loved………keyed……allowed……..studied…….explained

received…….answered………..traveled………..smiled……..cried.

I hope these tips are helpful for you!

Remember to your day! No stressing, please. You’re doing great!

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