Dec 03

“When their father got back, they hugged and kissed him.” 「お父さんが帰ってきた時、ハグとキスをした。」


Why does the “ed” in “hugged” make a “d” sound, but the “ed” in “kissed” make a “t” sound? The pronunciation of “ed” on past tense verbs depends on the sound that comes before it. “G” is a voiced consonant, so the “ed” also makes a voiced sound. “T” and “d” are a pair of unvoiced and voiced sounds; your mouth is in the same position, but if your voice box vibrates, the sound is “d”, and if not, it is “t”.

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