In English there are many words that end in ED. There are the regular verbs in past tense that end in ED (like wanted, looked and cleaned etc.), there are regular past participles that end in ED (needed, watched, used etc.), and there are also adjectives that end in ED (e.g. shocked, bored etc.).

However, did you know that there are three different ways to pronounce ED at the end of a word in English?

Yes, the ED in wanted is pronounced differently to the ED in washed, which is also different to the ED in called.

Here is our latest video to help you learn the simple rules for pronouncing the final ED in English:

This new video shows you How to pronounce –ED endings in English (a English Pronunciation Lesson).

In this video we look at the 3 ways of pronouncing ED at the end of words in English which are /id/ – /t/ – /d/.
We go into detail about the rules you need to know for the correction pronunciation of any ED ending that you may encounter.

Remember, these rules are not only for regular verbs in the PAST TENSE (which end in ED) but also for regular PAST PARTICIPLES and ADJECTIVES that end in ED.

There is a special section about voiced and voiceless (or unvoiced) sounds in English.

You will also find our ED Pronunciation chart where you will hear how each each word is said.

Here is our updated ED pronunciation chart from the video:

The pronunciation of ED at the end of words in English - Past Tense, Past Participles and Adjectives.


For more information about how to pronounce ED at the end of words in English, see our page about the Pronunciation of ED in English.

Once you feel comfortable with the rules, then try our game to learn the different ways of pronouncing ED in English (with 20 questions) and our other ED Pronunciation Game (with 50 questions).

The questions in these games are similiar to this: “The ED at the end of the word KISSED is pronounced …” and you then need to choose one of the three alternatives.

I hope this HELPED you.

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