Thursday, September 20, 2012
Past tense syllables
When does the past tense "ed" become a separate syllable?
1. If the verb ends in voiceless （無声音） [ch] [f],[k], [p], [s], or [sh], then –ed is not articulated as a separate syllable, as [t].
confessed [can fEst]
2. If the verb ends in [t] or [d], then –ed is articulated as a separate syllable, as [əd] or [Id].
competed [cəm pi: tId]
waited [we: tId]
busted [bəs tId]
The last syllable is usually reduced and difficult to hear.
If the verb ends in any other sound, then –ed is articulated as [d]. It is not pronounced as a separate syllable. These are voiced.
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