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Hope you had a great Memorial Day/holiday weekend last week! I know I did - here's me celebrating with my husband and family in our backyard - whether you celebrated our fallen heroes or just enjoyed time with family & friends - it's nice to take a break once in a while, right??
So ... back to work :) In Q&A #3, I shared some ideas about how to pronounce TH / CH / SH / WH...and gave you some tongue twisters to practice :)
This week, Q&A video #4 is about the endings of past tense -ED words and why we say some with "D" and some with "T".
Even if you are a NATIVE English speaker, you may not know this rule. We don't generally teach it in school and it just comes naturally to us because we practice the way the teacher tells us when we are learning it in early grades.
We are talking about how to say the ending of past tense -ED verbs Voiceless - arrived - believed - advised - encouraged - listened (D)
Voiced - asked - walked - pronounced - watched - laughed (T)
Do you know WHY we say "D" or "T"? Many native speakers don't....
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But if you are learning English as a Second Language - you may want to know "what are the rules?" since you did not grow up saying these words. This is one that's a little harder to explain (as seen above) but it's important if you want to learn to speak English properly.
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