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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February

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Accentuation of the words / pronunciation of -ED

CamvelCamvel Posts: 65 ✭✭
How to find the syllabe stressed in a word ? Here is a little help to master this notion for the words with the most common endings.
The emphasis is on the second to last syllabe for the words finishing in :
-ION (pollution)
-IC (ironic)
-ITY (quality)
-ETY (anxiety)
-IBLE (impossible)
-SIVE (expensive)
-ISH (abolish)

Now, the pronunciation of the verbs in -ED :

ED is pronunced /d/ after the majority of the sound consonants.
Examples : robbed, puzzled

ED is pronunced /t/ after /p/ - /f/ - /s/ - /k/.
Examples : asked, missed

ED is pronunced /id/ after /t/ and /d/.
Examples : dominated, arrested

So, I hope that this aid will you help to improve your pronunciation.


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    Well described @Camvel. Needless to say, as a native speaker I've never even thought about it.
  • CamvelCamvel Posts: 65 ✭✭
    Thanks you @mheredge ! This is the first topic I create and I think it's important to improve its pronunciation.
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