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    Default Pronunication in past tense

    If the present tense verb ends with the sound of a voiceless consonant sound, (k,p,s,x,ch,gh,sh), the pronunciation in past tense is /t/.

    Some people said the 'ed' ending of 'received' should be pronounced /t/ , does it mean that the 've' is pronounced 'gh'?

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    Default Re: Pronunication in past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If the present tense verb ends with the sound of a voiceless consonant sound, (k,p,s,x,ch,gh,sh), the pronunciation in past tense is /t/. As a general rule, that's true.

    Some people said the 'ed' ending of 'received' should be pronounced /t/ , does it mean that the 've' is pronounced 'gh'?
    Unless I'm reading this wrong, I don't agree. The "ed" in "received" sounds like a d, not a t.

    Thanks for your help.
    See above.

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    Default Re: Pronunication in past tense

    ems is right. The final sound of 'receive' is /v/, a voiced fricative; it is followed by the voiced stop /d/.
    I the final sound is unvoiced, as in 'debrief', where the final sound is unvoiced /f/, then it is followed by unvoiced /t/.

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    Default Re: Pronunication in past tense

    Thanks a lot, emsr2d2 and 5jj.

    In the following video, a Chinese and an Indian crit
    icized that most of the Hong Kong people pronounced the 'ed' in 'received" wrongly as /d/. The program is in Chinese (Cantonese), however, if you like, you can hear it when you see "The parcel has been received" as shown in 5.09 minutes in the video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NrcZ...feature=relmfu

    I do not know whether I am right to copy the website here.

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    Default Re: Pronunication in past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks a lot, emsr2d2 and 5jj.

    In the following video, a Chinese and an Indian crit
    icized that most of the Hong Kong people pronounced the 'ed' in 'received" wrongly as /d/. The program is in Chinese (Cantonese), however, if you like, you can hear it when you see "The parcel has been received" as shown in 5.09 minutes in the video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NrcZ...feature=relmfu

    I do not know whether I am right to copy the website here.
    They are wrong.

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    Default Re: Pronunication in past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    In the following video, a Chinese and an Indian criticized that most of the Hong Kong people pronounced the 'ed' in 'received" wrongly as /d/.
    I don't know what is considered 'correct' in Hong Kong English but, in all major varieties of English, the 'ed' in 'reeived. is pronounced as /d/.

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