Thursday, 6 February 2014

Verb Endings in -ed and -t - DailyWritingTips

Verb Endings in -ed and -t - DailyWritingTips


Posted: 05 Feb 2014 08:35 PM PST
While irregular verbs are often a focus of grammatical errors, regular verbs are a frequent source of spelling errors.
Most regular verbs form their past tense by adding -ed to the base: accept/accepted.
A few regular verbs form the past tense with a -t ending: build/built.
Some spelling errors result from the fact that the -ed ending may be pronounced in one of three ways:
/ed/ complimented
/d/ loved
/t/ equipped
A common spelling error occurs with words that end with the sound /t/, but are spelled with –ed. For example, wrecked, might be misspelled as “wreckt.”
Some of verbs that end with the sound /t/ do spell the sound with -t.
bend/bent
feel/felt
keep/kept
leave/left
lend/lent
lose/lost
mean/meant
send/sent
sleep/slept
spend/spent
weep/wept
Some verbs that end with the /t/ sound may be spelled with either -ed or -t. The -t ending for these verbs is more common in British spelling.
burned, burnt
dreamed, dreamt
kneeled, knelt
leaped, leapt
leaned, leant
learned, learnt
smelled, smelt
spelled, spelt
spilled, spilt
spoiled, spoilt
Most American speakers would probably consider leaptleantlearntsmelt, and spelt out-and-out misspellings. Burnt,dreamtkneltspilt, and spoilt, however, do occur in U.S. speech and writing.

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