D is the fourth letter of the alphabet. D is a consonant. D primarily represents one sound; however, it can also be silent.
The sound for D is pretty much the same whether it is at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word.
D at the Beginning
day deck dig dock dug
D in the Middle
radio reddish fiddle goddess rudder
D at the End
lad read rid road mud
D is silent, or almost silent, when it precedes the letters GE, meaning that some people don’t make the /D/ sound at all, and others add a hint of the /D/ sound.
DGE means the D is pretty much silent.
fudge grudge sludge sledge hedge
Base words ending in the sound of D will have a new syllable added when the suffix ED is added:
D+ED means a new syllable is added.
faded wedded ridded loaded
Note this is also true for words ending in the letter T. Words ending in letters other than D and T, do not have a new syllable added when the base word is made past tense.
D is also paired with R as a common beginning consonant blend.
drag dream drip drop drum
Your feedback is welcome as this Phonetic Alphabet Book gets published in blog form. I will try to clarify anything you have questions about, and make it clearer. Thank you.
copyright Cheryl Paton
This book is being published a section at a time (by letter) on my blog, Phonetic Alphabet Book, and will eventually be published all together as a book.
To read more about phonetics, visit Literacy and Phonetics
Cheryl Paton receives money from purchases made through links on this page.