English with Kirsty – episode 151
When do you pronounce the ED as a separate syllable at the end of words?
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Just a quick episode this week, but if, like one of my students, you aren’t sure when to pronounce the ED sound at the end of words as its own separate syllable, this little tip should help you.
There are exceptions to most rules, but as a general rule, if the word ends in a T or a D sound, you pronounce it with an “ed” sound at the end. This means either there is a T or a D at the end, or the word ends with TE or DE and you just add a D to the end to make the past tense.
T sound: Wanted, lifted, waited, started, coated, flirted, hated etc.
D sound: offended, needed, faded, downgraded, guided, loaded etc.
Otherwise we just add Ed, but the word just has a –D sound at the end, which doesn’t get its own syllable:
K sound: talked, liked, stroked.
P sound: helped, stopped, escaped.
R sound: poured, stirred, stared.
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