Practising your Past Tense - ED

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1. The /id/ sound

If the last letter of the word is spelled with D or T, the ED is pronounced as a separate syllable with an /id/ sound (it rhymes with lid).

  • wanted (sounds like "want-id")
  • waited (waitid)
  • needed (needid)
  • folded (foldid)

2. The /t/ sound

All the other regular verbs, the ED is pronounced as a T. Be careful not to create an extra syllable or "id" sound.

  • talked (sounds like "talkt")
  • kissed ("kisst")
  • parked (parkt)
  • helped (helpt)

Practising your ED

Yesterday I wanted to wear my favourite top, but it needed to be washed. I looked everywhere for it but couldn’t find it. At last I found it and was amazed that it was under my bed and not damaged. I washed it and inspected it after and it was perfect. I have loved that top since the day I bought it. I breathed a sigh of relief when I put it on and it looked great.


Last week I went to a party and danced all night. I have loved dancing since I was a small child. I used to dance with my father. He helped me with my lessons and also one day when I broke my shoe, he fixed it for me. I was amazed at how clever he was. My father called me his favourite ballerina. When I finished my dance, and had washed my hands and face, and cleaned my teeth, I would go to bed and my father kissed me goodnight every night.