Past simple - Regular verbs
Past Simple – Regular verbs. We all need a past. Without it we can’t talk about our life experiences or tell a story. Understanding where you are in time, in any language, is important.
Here I want to talk about the pronunciation of ‘past simple regular verbs’.
Understanding where you are in time, in any language, is important.
There is more than one 'ed'
Have you ever thought about how to pronounce the ‘ed‘ sounds in English? Do you know how many ‘ed‘ sounds there are?
There are infact 3 ‘ed‘ sounds. The ‘3-eds‘. Understanding and using the different ‘ed‘ sounds is an important step to mastering the ‘past simple’. In this article I’ve created a simple exercise to help you practice and improve your oral abilities. First of all, please click on the words to hear the sounds.
Grammar point: I will discuss the grammar rules in a future post.
Now it's your turn
Below, I’ve added a list of common ‘Past simple’ regular verbs. Which ‘ed’ sound would you use? How would you pronounce them?
Here are the rules:
- Say the word in its infinitive form,
- Say the word again in its ‘Past simple’ form. – Add the / t / , / d / , / ɪd / to the end of the word. Can you guess the correct ‘ed’ sound?
- Click on the word to hear the pronunciation. Were you correct?
An additional challenge
Can you repeat the rhythm?
As an addiitional exercise can you say the ‘past simple’ form of the verb with the correct ‘word stress’ (accentuation)? For example: ‘accepted’ has 3 syllables : ac – cep – ted. My voice stresses the ‘cep‘.
I have shown the first 4 words with the correct ‘word stress’. Listen carefully and try and repeat the same rhythm. Can you say word with the correct stress pattern?
I hope you enjoyed this exercise. Word stress is a difficult area for French speakers and can be a common cause of confusion during a conversation.
Use the words in a sentence
Can you use any of these verbs in a sentence? Think about a past experience. Something that happened yesterday, last week or last year. Create a sentence using the verbs listed above.
If you have a problem with a specific sound, or the pronunciation of a certain word, please add a comment and tell me, or contact me direct.