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Are You Pronouncing the Past Tense Correctly? Part 2

Speak for success!The past-tense –ed ending is one of the most difficult details to master in American English pronunciation. Are you saying this sound properly?

The “-ed” endings of past tense verbs can be pronounced three different ways:

– /d/       a “d” sound, such as at the end of the word “bed”

– /t/ a “t” sound, such as at the end of the word “not”

– /ǝd/          a separate syllable which sounds much like the “-id” portion of the word “kid”

Last week, we provided detailed instructions and practice words for the first sound: /d/

Today, we continue with Part 2 of our series and focus on the second sound: /t/

When a word ends in a /t/ sound, this means the t is added directly to the last consonant. Often, non-native speakers put a vowel sound between these two consonants, adding an extra syllable to the word. For example, talked may be mistakenly pronounced as “talk-ed”.  Take a look at the examples below:

 

 Final Sound     Example Word       Correct Pronunciation                      

/k/                    “talked”                       talkt

/p/                    “helped”                      helpt

/f/                     “laughed”                   lafft

/s/                     “missed”                     misst

/ʃ/ (sh)              “pushed”                     pusht

/ʧ/ (ch)             “searched”                  searcht

 

The following words all end in the /t/ sound. Practice the correct pronunciation by reading each word aloud:

askedclapped

coughed

crossed

faked

smoked

 

stoppedlooked

matched

touched

passed

reached

 

rushedwatched

wished

clicked

washed

flashed

placedpicked

raced

kissed

skipped

walked

Stay tuned! Next week we’ll continue our series on the past-tense form with the final sound: /ed/

Take a look at the video below to hear Corporate Speech Solutions founder and President Jayne Latz talk more about past tense endings in Standard American English:

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