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Is the past tense of beat pronounced the same as the present tense or does it change like read-read(pronounced red)
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Possibly off topic a wee bit, but does this explanation stretch to explain an English expression I've fumbled with often? I speak of "I'm presently busy on the telephone; I shall handle that presently (meaning in a while)." Thanks.
wilpeter"I'm presently busy on the telephone; I shall handle that presently (meaning in a while)." Thanks.
Those two sentences are not natural together. For my elderly generation of speakers of BrE, 'presently' normally means 'quite soon'. Some younger speakers use the word in the American sense of 'at present'. What none of us do is use it with one sense in one sentence and the other sense in the next sentence.
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Thank you

It is pronounced beat as in present tense

It is pronounced as beat only .It does not chances like read(red)
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No. The past tense of beat is pronounced in the same way as the present tense.

Thanks

This was really useful.Sometimes English is confusing.

Pidr1nhu British English it changes:
Present tense - Beat
Past simple- Beat
Past Participle - Beaten
Us English:
Present Tense - Beat
Past Simple - Beat
Past Participle - Beat
Regards.

I have also noticed that difference.

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Is the past tense of beat pronounced the same as the present tense or does it change like read-read (red?
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