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Past Simple Pronunciation for Regular Verbs – “ED”

Forming regular verbs in the past simple can be straightforward once you know the rules and have practiced conjugating them. But how do you pronounce them?

This is something that a lot of English learners have difficulty with as there are three distinct sounds. But after learning the rules, familiarizing yourself with them, and then practicing the examples, you will be able to pronounce them correctly when speaking.

This article will outline the three different sounds of the past simple regular verbs along with ways to practice.

The 3 sounds are:

  1. /id/ e.g., wanted
  2. /t/ e.g., worked
  3. /d/ e.g., covered

3. /d/

This is used for all voiced sounds.

  • I covered the cake in icing.
  • I played football all day.
  • He offered me the job.
  • I returned the video.

Practice the sounds above and repeat them after the recording. Listen for the ending of each sound and practice saying this out loud. It takes time to familiarize yourself with these sounds and the more you see of them the more natural it will become.


Choose the correct sound for each verb.

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  • Elizabeth Gómez

    I need practice exercises de verbs, adjectives, and speakin , writing

  • fabiana aguilar

    the quiz is very nice

    • Jack Askew

      I’m glad you like it!

  • manno

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    • Jack Askew

      Thank you!

  • Guillaume Enault

    Hi there. The ending bracket has accidentally been included in your link to the mp3 file above.

    • Jack Askew

      Thanks for letting me know – I have updated the blog post.

  • assignments help

    Absolutely amazing to learn the verb for better as well as smoother conversation among many person. Ed is very much common In terms of mentioning the simple past form of the word in all the way. No matter how hard the situations are every single possible way out to do well in the coming future as well as prosperous guidelines these things are very much helpful for all. Thanks for sharing.