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Words with "ed"

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Hi there!

During this lesson we're going to learn how to pronounce words which end with the letters ed

When regular verbs or adjectives end with the letters: ed, it's a good idea to try and pronounce the ed part by using the: d sound, first, and if that doesn't work then you should try to use the: t sound.

When the letters ed are preceded by soft consonants or the letter t, you need to use the d sound.

When the letters ed are preceded by hard consonants, then you need to use the t sound, except for words ending with ted which need the d sound.

Soft consonants include: b, d, g, j, l, m, n, r, s as a z sound, v,w, y, and z.

Hard consonants include: c as a k sound, f, g as a g sound, k, p, q, s as a clear s sound, t, and x. (oops! the "ed" after "g" is pronounced as "d")

Here are some examples with soft consonants which come before the letters ed, so you need to use the d sound:

Try repeating each one after me.

Aged
Aimed
Blended
Called
Closed
Emailed
Delivered
Dried
Opened
Lived
Raised

Here are some examples with hard consonants which come before the letters ed, so you need to use the t sound:

Once again try repeating each one after me.

Axed
Booked
Cooked
Hoped
Hopped
Licked
Liked
Locked
Worked
Surfed
Missed

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