How to Pronounce ED at the End of Words in English | Regular Verbs in the Past

pronounce ed sounds in English

Did you know that there are three different sounds for words that end in ED? Learn what they are and practice in this video!

ED Pronunciation

The three sounds are:

  • /id/
  • /d/
  • /t/

#1 /id/

With this sound, we add an extra syllable. We use this when the base verb ends in ‘t’ or a ‘d’.

Here is an example:

We decided to go to Barcelona.

Here are more examples: added, started, wanted.

#1 /d/

With this sound, we don’t add an extra syllable. We use this when the verb ends in a voiced sound.

Here is an example:

Messi played well last night.

Here are more examples: banned, cleared, arrived.

#1 /t/

With this sound, we don’t add an extra syllable. We use this when the verb ends in a voiceless sound.

Here is an example:

I watched too much television yesterday.

Here are more examples: kissed, washed, faxed.

This explanation will help you.

If you are confused about voiced vs voiceless sounds, don’t worry too much.

With enough practice and input, you will intuitively know which one to use – it will just feel right.

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