6.12a Verbs.

In general, adding ed or d to the verb to form the past tense does not add a new syllable. Thus such words as raced, shaved, brushed, caused, passed, and slipped remain one syllable and may not be divided. However, when ed is added to a verb ending in d, t, dd, or tt, it is pronounced separately and constitutes a new syllable. Examples:

braid-

suspend-

test-

supplant-

add-

butt-

ed,

ed,

ed,

ed,

ed,

ed,

When a verb ends in a t or d that is doubled before the addition of ed, a new syllable is formed and the division is then made between the doubled consonants. Examples:

nod-

plot-

ded

ted