When we speak in a normal, relaxed way, we often don't pronounce -t or -d clearly at the end of a word – especially when the next sound is a consonant. After you listen to these examples, try the mini-dictation exercises below.
In these first examples, listen for how -t and -d are dropped before /w/.
i(t) was ... i(t) was ... it was August second
Sometimes you won't hear the -d/-ed ending for the past tense.
notice(d) that... notice(d) that... I noticed that there were a bunch of people...
The /t/ may be replaced by a little catch in the throat (a "glottal stop"):
kids tha(t) were ... kids tha(t) were ... kids that were coming back from church camp
Think about where there might be a -t or -d that isn't pronounced clearly! You'll hear each example three times.