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Improving ELL struggles — verbal acquisition of the past tense -ed following diphthongs in verbs: Part II

from By Beth Crumpler

We are continuing the discussion from the article published two weeks ago, “Struggling with the past tense: Verbal acquisition of -ed forms of verbs.” In this second part of the three-part series, we are addressing verbal fluency of past tense –ed following the combined vowel sounds of diphthongs. Use of –ed after vowels requires a separate more lengthy discussion because there are many vowel sounds in the English Language. The important thing to teach students to remember is that diphthongs are vowel sounds in one syllable. If students can remember that diphthongs at the end of verbs are vowel sounds, then they can easily remember to add the –ed. more

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