Listen  to the these three sentences . Notice the way  the -ed verb endings are pronounced. Click here to listen

  1. Last night Bert stopped at the supermarket on his way home

  2. Yesterday afternoon Fred called a restaurant to book a table for two.

  3. Yesterday evening David invited Amanda to dinner.

Here are the rules for the pronunciation of the -ed endings:
  • If the verb ends in the sound /t/ or /d/, we pronounce the  -ed ending /id/. Example: invited /in'vaitid/
  • If the verb ends in a voiced consonant sound apart from /d/ or a vowel , we pronounce the -ed ending /d/ Example : played /pleid/
  • If the verb ends in a voiceless consonant sound apart from /t/ , we pronounce the -ed ending /t/ Example : laughed /la:ft/




Sometimes it is difficult to hear the difference between the /t/ and /d/ endings. When the verb is linked to the next word because that word starts with a vowel sound , the endings are much clearer

Example .                                   /t/
                                 She laughed at the joke


ACTIVITY 3. Listen to these sentences and pay attention to the links. Click here to listen

1. She walked all day.

2. We watched it carefully

3.They answered everybody's questions

4. He tried a piece.

5. They planned it weeks ago.

6. It washed all the glasses beautifully.