Spelling Words Ending in -ed
Words ending in 'y'
There are two rules for words ending in 'y'.
1. Words with an /iː/ sound or an /аɪ/ sound
The words see and study end with an /iː/ sound.
The words buy and cry end with an /аɪ/ sound.
If the word ends with an /iː/ or /аɪ/ sound, you remove the 'y' and add -ied.
We use special symbols to show different sounds. They are called the phonetic alphabet.
2. Other sounds
For all other words ending in 'y', we just add -ed.
Words ending in 'e'
For words endind in 'e' we just add -d.
Words that need a double letter
For some words you need to double the last letter before you add -ed. These words have a special pattern. The last three letters of the word have the pattern consonant-vowel-consonant (c-v-c).
Vowels are the letters a, e, i, o, u. All other letters are consonants.
The word skip follows this pattern.
There are some exceptions to doubling the last letter of c-v-c words.
1. If the word ends in 'w', 'x', or 'z' just add -ed.
2. If the word has two syllables, and the stress is on the first syllable, we just add -ed.
An example is the word visit.
These spelling rules only work for regular verbs. Have a look at the irregular verb tables to see how to spell irregular verbs.