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-ed (/ɪd/) is an English suffix (i.e. bound morpheme), which is found in the preterite, past participle and past participial modifiers (past participial adjectives and past participial adverbs) of all weak verbs (i.e. all regular verbs, and some irregular lexical verbs). It is sometimes spelt-t (e.g. as is "burnt").


This is found in all regular verbs, e.g. play --> played.

Some irregular verbs have an -ed form as teh preterite but not as the past participle, e.g. swell/swelled/swollen, prove/proved/proven, etc. . Thrive has a regular past participle, "thrived", but an irregular preterite "throve" as well as a regular one "thrived".

Often past participial adjectives ending -ed can have the additional suffix -ly attached to change them into past participial adverbs ending -edly.


There are three possible sounds for this morpheme; /d/, /ɪd/ and /t/. The pronunciation depends on the preceding final sound of the stem to which -ed is bound.

Final stem sound Pronunciation Examples Notes
/t/ or /d/ /-ɪd/
  • /-tɪd/: wanted, lifted, needed, computed, estimated, and investigated.
  • /-dɪd// handed, demanded, etc.
This is the strongest pronunciation, and the one that historically existed originally.
All vowel sounds and voiced consonants (except for the aforementioned /d/ and except sounds not permitted in final position), i.e. /b/, /v/, /ð/, /z/, /ʒ/ /ʤ/ /g/ and /m/ /n/ /ŋ/ /-d/ *vowel+/d/: agreed, allowed, applied, argued, denied, renewed, played, showed, stayed, tried
  • /dʒd/: changed, charged, managed
  • /gd/: cataloged,AmE catalogued, dragged, drugged
  • /ld/: called, pulled, traveled,AmE travelledBrE
  • /nd/: cleaned, earned, explained, gained, opened, owned, phoned, turned, warned
  • /ŋd/: belonged
  • /rd/ (in non-rhotic accents these verb end in a vowel sound + /d/): appeared, cared, offered, ordered, shared
  • /vd/: approved, believed, improved, lived, moved, received, resolved
  • /zd/: organised,BrE organized
This is a reduced form of /ɪd/
All unvoiced consonants except the aforementioned /t/, i.e. /f/, /k/, /p/, /s/, /ʃ/, /tʃ/ and /θ/. /-t/
  • /-ft/: golfed, proofed, sniffed, stuffed
  • /-kt/: cooked, hooked, lacked, licked, liked, looked, networked, picked, talked, walked, worked
  • /-pt/: developed, helped, hopped, hoped, stopped
  • /-st/: addressed, forced, increased, passed, produced, reduced
  • /-ʃt/: brushed, crashed, distinguished, extinguished, finished, pushed, wished
  • /-tʃt/: reached, touched, watched
  • /-θt/: pathed.
This is a reduced and devoiced form of /ɪd/

Examples of regular verbs with the /d/ sound[edit]

Examples of regular verbs with the /ɪd/ sound[edit]

  • Finishing in "t" or "te": act, activate, adapt, compete, create, defeat, estimate, exist, infect, invite, lift, list, pollute, promote, reject, repeat, respect, result, shift, suggest, support, start, test, unite, want
  • Finishing in "d" or "de": add, blend, decide, defend, demand, divide, end, extend, include, invade, need, pretend, provide, succeed


The following words, when used as adjectives have exceptions to the above, and take /ɪd/ pronunciation. Sometimes this is marked by è, so the morpheme is spelt -èd.

  • aged /ˈeɪdʒɪd/ adj. very old; noun very old people (adj. of the age of and the past tense of the verb age are pronounced /eɪdʒd/)
  • beloved /bɪˈlʌvɪd/ (also /bɪˈlʌvd/)
  • blessed /ˈblesɪd/ adj. holy (past tense of bless is /blest/)
  • crooked /ˈkrʊkɪd/
  • learned /ˈlɜːrnɪd/ (past tense of learn is /lɜːrnd/, also learnt /lɜːrnt/)
  • legged /ˈleɡɪd/ (as in long-legged)
  • naked /ˈneɪkɪd/
  • rugged /ˈrʌɡɪd/
  • sacred /ˈseɪkrɪd/
  • wicked /ˈwɪkɪd/
  • wretched /ˈretʃɪd/


These adverbs look like a past tense and the suffix -ly; however their pronunciation ends in /-ɪdliː/.[1]

  • allegedly /əˈledʒɪdliː/
  • fixedly /ˈfɪksɪdliː/
  • markedly /ˈmɑːrkɪdliː/
  • supposedly /səˈpəʊzɪdliː/

This is because the penultimate syllable is stressed.

If the verb doesn't end in a stressed vowel, the past tense pronunciation is used:

  • embarrassedly /ɪmˈbærəstliː/
  • determinedly /dɪˈtɜːrmɪndliː/

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1[edit]

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.


Many Spanish speakers pronounce the "-ed" ending as a separate syllable, regardless of the ending sound of the verb. Special effort must be made so that the students don't pronounce */ˈɑːskɪd/, */ˈpʊʃɪd/, */ɪkˈspleɪnɪd/ or */ˈrəʊɪd/ (for asked, pushed, explained and rowed).