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TOEIC Pronunciation Tip: counting syllables with past tense

Posted by englishlessons on May 17, 2006

In verbs that end in t or d the -ed is pronounced as an extra syllable. This is the only time the past tense has an extra syllable.

Examples: project (2 syllables) projected (3 syllables)

plead (1 syllable) pleaded (2 syllables)

In contrast, the following words that do not end in t or d do not add an extra syllable in the past tense.

Examples: wash (1 syllable) washed (1 syllable) delay (2 syllables) delayed (2 syllables)

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