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    Phonetics

    Hi! I need a little help here in Phonetics.

    I want to determine which symbol to use when we want to pronounce a word in past form for Regular Verb case.

    In what case must we use /t/ and in what case must we use /d/?

    For example:

    Walk (Root word) we change it into Past form and it is going to be "Walked."
    How to determine the sound of "-ed" there?

    /wɔ:kd/ or /wɔ:kt/???

    Do we have a formula here how to determine the sound of "-ed" in English words?

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    Re: Phonetics

    Quote Originally Posted by apiz View Post
    Hi! I need a little help here in Phonetics.

    I want to determine which symbol to use when we want to pronounce a word in past form for Regular Verb case.

    In what case must we use /t/ and in what case must we use /d/?

    For example:

    Walk (Root word) we change it into Past form and it is going to be "Walked."
    How to determine the sound of "-ed" there?

    /wɔ:kd/ or /wɔ:kt/???

    Do we have a formula here how to determine the sound of "-ed" in English words?
    Yes. If the final sound before -ed is voiced, then the ending is pronounced "d", if the final sound is unvoiced, then it's "t".

    Walked, therefore, is said as per your second phonetic description (sorry, I can't type phonetics on here!). "K" is an unvoiced consonant.

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    Re: Phonetics

    Do you have any recommended websites for a quick guide on Voiced and Unvoiced Consonant? I haven't found one.

    One more question.
    How to determine "-ed" form for words such as "Pretend, Want, Calculate" and so on.
    Which form do these words take? /t/ or /d/?
    Last edited by apiz; 01-Aug-2010 at 04:49.

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