Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation

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.

Group B

Voiced sound : – l – v – n – m – r – b – v – g – w – y – z – and vowel sounds (diphthongs) pronounce ED as “D”

Example: Allow, allowed = allow(D)

Ed as “D”

advised (ad’vaiz) + d
agreed
allowed
answered
appeared
arrived
believed
belonged
burned
called
carried
changed
cleaned
closed
covered
cried
damaged
described
died
dried
earned
encouraged
enjoyed
entered
explained
explored
filled
followed
happened
interviewed
imagined
jailed
killed
listened
lived
loved
measured
moved
opened
planned
played
performed
pulled
realized
remembered
rained
repaired
saved
shared
shaved
showed
signed
slammed
stayed
snowed
studied
tried
traveled
turned
used
welcomed
whispered
worried
yawned

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.

This video focusing on past tense will help you practice both irregular and regular verbs in the past tense. Ellen Quish also provides learning notes and a transcript of the dialogue in the video.

Group C: T or D pronounce ED as “ID”

Example: Need, needed = need(id)

Ed as “ID”

accepted
afforded
attended
arrested
collected
contacted
counted
decided
defended
demanded
divided
ended
expanded
expected
exported
flooded
graduated
hated
hunted
included
invited
invented
landed
needed
painted
planted
printed
presented
pretended
protected
provided
rented
repeated
reported
respected
rested
scolded
skated
started
shouted
treated
visited
waited
wanted
wasted

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

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.

This video focusing on past tense will help you practice both irregular and regular verbs in the past tense. Ellen Quish also provides learning notes and a transcript of the dialogue in the video.