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Tell us what you did last week. After each regular past simple verb, write how you would pronounce the –ed in brackets. For example, I got up, had a shower and washed (/ t /) my hair. Then I went to uni and studied (/ d /) history…..
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Last Friday, my family and I went camping. As soon as we arrived (/d/) the mountain, it started (/id/) snowing which was not totally expected (/id/). We watched (/t/) and played (/d/) with the snow for a while and then my daughter collected (/id/) some and made a snowman. She enjoyed (/d/) it so much. Unfortunately, we had to move to somewhere warm because we carried (/d/) no protection against the icy weather. We headed (/id/) to the beach and stayed (/d/) there for a couple of nights. We had great fun!
What a perfect weekend! Snow and then a beach - it sounds wonderful.
All your regular past simple ending were just right and the pronunciation of your –ed endings was 100% correct. Well done!
You mentioned you 'arrived the mountain' but actually you need to add a preposition (a little word like 'in', 'on' or 'at') after 'arrived'. Can you figure out what should you have written instead?
Thanks for writing in and telling us about your lovely weekend in Japan.
Yesterday I worked(/d/) like crazy. I waked (/d/) up at 5:40 am. I had a shower and went to school. After school I went in the bank to pay my bills. I waited (/id/) for ages. In the afternoon I cleaned (/d/) my flat. When I finished (/d/) I was almost dead.
I can't believe you got up that early and still had energy to clean your flat in the afternoon!
Most of your past simple verb endings were correct ('worked', 'waited', 'cleaned'
and 'finished') but 'wake' is an irregular verb and the past form of it is 'woke' not 'waked'.
Some of your pronunciation endings were fine too 'waited (/id/) ' and
'cleaned (/d/)'. But 'work' ends in a voiceless sound so its –ed ending is /t/. The end of 'finish' is also a voiceless sound. So how should you pronounce the past simple of that verb?
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Last weekend I went to the mall. I did same shopping and I walked home. When I came home I cooked /t/ and cleaned /t/ the house. I was so busy with the housework, I remembered /d/ to pick up the my kids from their soccer game one hour later. I decided /d/ to wait and watch while they play.
It sounds like you had a pretty busy weekend.
You've done well with most of your –ed endings ('cooked', 'remembered') but you forgot to put 'play' into the past tense at the end of your piece.
Some of your pronunciation of past simple endings was fine 'cooked /t/' and 'remembered /d/ '. But 'cleaned /t/ 'and 'decided /d/ ' aren't quite right. The /n/ at the end of 'clean' is a voiced sound so it's –ed ending is /d/. The /d/ at the end of 'decide' makes it go into a different group. Can you remember how those –ed endings are pronounced?
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Last Thursday, I went to the office and prepared (/d/) a very important meeting. My American boss arrived (/d/) at 1 PM. We had lunch together and then I presented (/id/) him our 2008 investments list. I tried (/d/) to be persuasive, but it was difficult with my bad English! To relax after that, I went to a jazz concert. I listened (/d/) all the musicians carefully. They were not famous but played (/d/) very well. That was a great but long day!
Listening to live jazz sounds like a lovely way to finish off your day.
All your regular past simple endings were all correct. Well done! I disagree with you. I think your English is very good!
You made a few slips with prepositions (the small words we often put after verbs in English). It's 'prepared for a meeting', 'I presented him with a list' and 'I listened to the musicians'.
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Besnik , Unmik, Kosovo
Last Saturday I was invited (id) by some friends to go and play football, but before we started (id) playing we were informed (d) that some of our friends were having a party later on, so we played (d) only for half an hour. At the party we danced (t) till we were really tired (d) and then went home to sleep so we would be charged (d) for the next happy day.
It sounds like you've had an ideal Saturday – some sport, a party and plenty of sleep!
You've got your pronunciation rules down very well and all your regular past simple endings were just right.
I know what you mean when you say 'so we would be charged for the next happy day' but the expression we use in English is 'to re-charge your batteries', so it would be better to say 'so our batteries would be re-charged for the next day'.
Hope your learning English batteries are all still charged up!