Unusual ‘ed’ Endings
Listen to the following sentences, paying close attention to the ‘ed’ sounds. Are they the same or different?
He’s a learned man.
We learned a lot.Both ‘ed’ endings are pronounced differently:
-He’s a learned man. /ɪd/
-We learned a lot. /d/
Which words with ‘ed’ endings are pronounced unusually?
- Some ‘ed’ endings do not follow the usual ‘ed’ endings rule (see post).
- The words that do not follow the rule are usually adjectives pronounced as /ɪd/.
The following ‘ed’ endings are pronounced as /ɪd/. Listen and repeat the words:
Listen to the audio and decide which word is pronounced as /ɪd/.
1.a. We need to do more to help the aged.
b. My brother hasn’t aged very well.
2.a. A priest blessed our son when he was born.
b. Blessed be those who are holy.
3.a. I crooked my head round the door to see.
b. Go up the crooked stairway.
4.a. My father is a learned man.
b. Sally hasn’t learned the alphabet yet.
5.a. He legged it before I could catch him.
b. Who won the three-legged race?1. a 2. b 3. b 4. a 5. b