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Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation

By Daniel Guarin

Thanks to Daniel Guarin for providing this pronunciation guide to past tense regular verbs.

Group A - Voiceless sound Last sound of the verb in infinitive

Group B - Voiced sound Last sound of the verb in infinitive

Group C - T or D Last sound of the verb in infinitive

Group A

Voiceless sound: – p – k – s – ch – sh – f – x – h - pronounce ED as “T”

Example: Ask, asked = ask(T)

Ed as “T”

asked
baked
brushed
cooked
cracked
crashed
danced (da:ns) + t
dressed
dropped
escaped
finished
fixed
guessed
helped
hoped
hiked
joked
jumped
knocked
kissed
laughed (læf) + t
locked
looked
missed
mixed
packed
passed
picked
pressed
pushed
pronounced
relaxed
slipped
smoked
stopped
shopped
talked
typed
walked
washed
watched
worked

If you have any doubt, you can look at the dictionary for the phonetic transcription.

Example: advised (ad’vaiz)

NOTE: Look carefully for verbs, not for nouns or adjectives because in some cases they have some phonetic differences.

Group A - Voiceless sound Last sound of the verb in infinitive

Group B - Voiced sound Last sound of the verb in infinitive

Group C - T or D Last sound of the verb in infinitive

The past simple is often confused with the present perfect. This present perfect vs past simple quiz will help you test your understanding of when to use the present perfect or past simple.

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