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    How to pronouce " asked"

    Hi Teacher,

    Which one is the correct pronunciation for " asked" ? I refer to " ed" for this word. Thanks.

    asked <--ed<---kt
    asked<----ed<--kid

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    Re: How to pronouce " asked"

    ahhsk'd ah as in 'dark'

    American pronunciation is different.
    ask with a as in cat

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    Re: How to pronouce " asked"

    David, I mean how to pronounce for " ed " in the word " asked"?

    ed --> t or d ?

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    Re: How to pronouce " asked"

    ahhsk'd ah as in 'dark'

    ahhsk'd

    It is 'd' but said as a very very short 'duh'

    Note that the 'e' doesn't come into it. It is NOT "ask -ed", as two syllables.
    Last edited by David L.; 03-Apr-2008 at 03:57.

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    Re: How to pronouce " asked"

    David, thanks again

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    Re: How to pronouce " asked"

    I'm sorry to contradict David L., but the normal pronunciation of 'asked' in isolation or before a pause is /aest/, e.g. "This word is pronounced /aest/", "He never asked [pause]". First, the /k/ sound is elided, and second the pronunciation of '-ed' must, following the rules of phonological conditioning, be voiceless /t/, as final /s/ (and, for that matter final /k/) is voiceless.

    Phonetically, however, environments vary, so the pronunciation varies. Pre-vocalically, /t/ commonly turns to /d/, e.g. "I never asked him" /aesdim/, before a consonant it's commonly elided, e.g "He never asked me" /aesmi/, "I asked first" /aesfurst/, and before voiced 'th' it's commonly assimilated towards the 'th' sound, e.g. "She asked them". These phenomena are common in the pronounciation of words in general. Hope this helps.

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    Re: How to pronouce " asked"

    hi Iconoclast, I got it. Thank you very much.

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