How do you pronounce -ed endings

There are 3 different ways to pronounce –ed endings:  /d/   /t/  &  /ɪd/  

The rules about when you use the different –ed endings are below the article.

Pronounce -ed endings

David and Victoria Beckham welcomed their newborn baby daughter to the world on Monday morning and they have announced that they have called her, Harper Seven Beckham.

David confirmed the news on his Facebook page and later, a spokesperson for the couple stated: David and Victoria are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter. Happy and healthy, she arrived at 7.55am in Los Angeles and weighed 7lb 10oz. Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are excited to welcome their new baby sister to the family.

It has been reported that Victoria has always liked the old English name, Harper. However, there has been speculation that it was actually the Beckhams’ sons that decided on the name, Harper: it is the name of a character from the TV series Wizards of Waverly Place, which is the boys’ favourite show. Apparently, the boys also used to read the books and have even visited the set of the show.

Seven was David’s number when he played for Manchester United and England. It is considered to be his lucky number and he has always wanted to call one of his children, Seven.

As the news of the birth spread like wildfire around the globe via the internet, fans and bloggers pointed out that the Beckhams are not the first to think of the name, Seven. It appeared in an episode of the classic comedy, Seinfeld. The “idiot” George Costanza character claimed to have come up with the perfect name for a baby, which was Seven. He believed it to be ‘a beautiful name for a boy. Or a girl.’

The Beckhams have previously expressed their love for all things USA, but it’s not known if they are fans of Seinfeld. Brooklyn, their eldest boy, was named after the American state in which he was conceived. Victoria has remained active throughout her pregnancy and worked on her latest range for her fashion label. Now she can look forward to putting her feet up and having a good rest, even though she was too posh to push and Harper was delivered by elective Caesarean.

-ed ending can be pronounced in 3 different ways

  1. –ed is pronounced /d/ after voiced endings (sounds made using the voice box). There are more /d/ endings than other –ed endings (so maybe if you don’t know which ending to say, then it’s probably best to go for a /d/ ending sound. You’ve got more chance of getting it right!) e.g. arrived, changed​
  2. –ed is pronounced /t/ after verbs ending in these sounds: /k/ /p/ /f/ /s/ /ʃ/ /ʧ/ These are unvoiced sounds (sounds which are made without using the voice box) e.g. worked, dropped, laughed, watched, passed, washed, watched
  3. After verbs ending in /t/ or /d/, we pronounce -ed as /ɪd/ e.g. excited, decided

If you want more practice at listening to -ed endings, check out my earlier blog here

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