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Regular Past Tense Sounds: The World's Greatest Dog

Choose the correct pronunciation for the ED at the ends of the verbs in the following story.

REMEMBER to check the sound at the end of the verb. Put your finger on your throat.

1. If you feel a buzz, pronounce the 'ed' like /d/.

2. If you don't feel a buzz, pronounce the 'ed' like /t/.

3. If the verb ends in a 't' or a 'd', pronounce the 'ed' like /ed/.


Worlds Greatest Dog

This guy saw a sign in front of a house: "Talking dog for sale." He rang the bell and the owner told him the dog was in the backyard. The guy went back and saw a black mutt sitting there.

"You talk?" he asked.

"Yep," the mutt replied.

"So, what's your story?"

The mutt looked up and said, "Well, I discovered this gift pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be
eavesdropping. I was one of their top spies eight years running.

"The jetting around tired me out though and I wanted to settle down so I applied for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work,
mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible things and was awarded a bunch of medals. I then got myself a wife, had a mess of puppies and now I'm retired."

The guy was amazed. He went back in the house and asked the owner how much he wanted for the dog.

The owner said, "Ten bucks."

The guy said, "But that is an incredible dog. Why are you selling him so cheap?"

The owner replied, "Because he's such a liar. He didn't do any of that stuff!"

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