Tag Archives: verbes

Comment prononcer les verbes réguliers au passé

Voici les règles pour la prononciation des verbes réguliers au passé (prétérit ou participe passé):
Les verbes qui se terminent avec un son ‘vocalisé’ – le “ed” se prononce comme un simple ‘d’. Par ‘vocalisé’ je veux dire les sons où je dois faire vibre mes cordes vocales comme ‘n’ ‘m’ ‘b’ ‘y’ ‘r’ etc.

played, warned, called, scored

Les sons ‘non-vocalisés’ c’est à dire je les prononce dans ma bouche et moins dans la gorge ou la poitrine: ‘ch’ ‘sh’ ‘ss’ ‘p’ – le ‘ed’ est prononcé ‘t’:

watched kicked, missed, washed.

si le verbe a déjà le son ‘d’ ou ‘t’ à la fin, il faut prononcer le ‘ed’ comme /Id/:

decided, waited, assisted, etc.

Regardez la vidéo et vous comprendrez mieux!

verb: use, uses, using, used

I like this video because it demonstrates that language is not learned, but acquired through use. The examples we see, the easier it becomes to intuitively create new sentences of our own.

Note that ‘to use’ in French is ‘utiliser’, but we say ‘s’en servir’ which can’t really be translated into English, so we use ‘use’ instead!

Also the French word ‘utilisation’ is also ‘use’ in English, but it is pronounced ‘yous’ and not ‘youz’ like the verb.

Adjusting, modifying: technical verbs

Try this quiz to discover a few verbs that we use to show how things can be changed. There are certainly are lot more that are not in the quiz, but we can see from the Germanic side of English there are many that can be formed from the adjective, plus ‘-en’: widen, shorten, thicken, heighten etc.

If you can’t think of a good verb, the strategy is to use ‘make’ with the comparative form – ‘heavy’ for example, has no accompanying verb like in French lourd –> aloudir. So in English, would have to say, ‘make it heavier’.


1. If it's too long, you should...

2. If it's too big, you should...

3. If it's too low, you should...

4. If it's too rough, you should...

5. If it's too tight, you should...

6. If it's too heavy, you should...

7. If the quality is not good, you should...

8. If it's too thick, you should...


You can download a list of adjectives that are helpful here