You must find the sound that comes in front of the -ed ending to understand the correct pronunciation!
In English, we have “regular” and “irregular” verbs. For simple past, we add “-ed” to the end of regular verbs.
- “ask” → “asked“
- I ask questions in class every day. / I asked a lot of questions yesterday.
- “open” → “opened“
- Please open the door. / We opened the door after class.
- “add” → “added“
- Let’s study next week. / I studied until 3PM last night.
All regular past tense verbs all have the same “-ed” ending. However, there are three different ways to pronounce the “-ed.”
Click on the button to hear each word:
- /t/, as in asked
- /d/, as in opened
- /ɪd/, as in added