1. You have seen that sometimes the suffix -ed sounds like [t]. Nowadays when we want to add the meaning “in the past” to a verb, we nearly always just add the suffix -ed. But long ago with some verbs the suffix that meant “in the past” not only sounded like [t], it was sometimes spelled <t>! A few of those old verbs are still with us. For example: feel and felt, as in “I feel good now, but yesterday I felt pretty bad.”
2. In feel is the vowel sound long or is it short? __________ In felt is the vowel long or is it short? __________ In feel how is the vowel spelled? __________ In felt how is the vowel spelled? In felt how is the [t] spelled? __________
3. In the left column below there are more old past tense verbs with -t. Write out the present tense form for each one and fill in the two columns on the right, as we have done for felt.
4. Here are more verbs that have old past tense forms that end with <t>. This time we've given you the present tense form, and you are to fill in the past tense form:
5. Here are some more that have more elaborate changes:
Word Flow. In this flow you can trace out fourteen words: seven present tense verbs and their past tense forms that end in -t.