Past tense of regular verbs: possibility no. 1.
There are three “rules” or sound patterns which determine how we pronounce the past tense of regular English verbs. In this podcast, we’ll practice with the first situation, where the final SOUND of the infinitive is /t/ or /d/. For example, “accept” ends with a /t/ sound, and “guard” ends with a /d/ sound.
In this situation the past tense of the verbs is pronounced “ID”. Let me repeat that. If the final SOUND (not letter) of the infinitive is /t/ or /d/, you add the sound “ID” to the verb.
Now let’s practice:
1) [accept]: I was accepted by Harvard University.
2) [count]: The greedy king counted his money again and again.
3) [decide]: Jose decided to visit his mother.
4) [invite]: She invited me to her birthday party.
5) [plant]: I planted ten trees in front of my house.
6) [rent]: She rented a new apartment.
7) [waste]: He wasted his time watching videos.
8) [need]: My dog needed a bath.
9) [shout]: The policeman shouted at me.
10) [pretend]: He pretended to speak Spanish.
11) The trash collector collected the trash.
12) [divide]: We divided the pizza into four equal parts.
13) [present]: I presented my passport to the airport security guard.
14) [end]: The class ended early.
15) [arrest]: The police arrested my neighbor last week.
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