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    <allpages gapcontinue="Read_-_reed" />
      <page pageid="3905" ns="0" title="Read (homograph)">
          <rev contentformat="text/x-wiki" contentmodel="wikitext" xml:space="preserve">The four letters '''read''' can surprise someone who is scanning a written page. They are both [[inflection]]s of the [[Verb (word class)|verb]] 'to '''read'''', meaning 'to decode written characters'. Although they look identical, they are pronounced differently.
*The [[base form]] of the verb, and the [[present tense]], rhymes with 'feed' and 'seed', {{IPA|riːd}}. See also [[read (irregular verb)]].
*The [[past tense]] and [[-ed participle]] rhyme with 'dead' and 'bed', and indeed the colour '''red''', {{IPA|rɛd}}.
For a [[homophone]] that may mislead your hearing, see [[Read - reed]]. There is also the homographic pair 'Reading' and 'reading', where the first vowel sound varies.  The name of the town in Berkshire, like the university that is there, is pronounced with the first syllable rhyming with 'head' and 'dead' (/'rɛ dɪŋ/); the [[-ing participle]] of the [[Verb (word class)|verb]], as in &quot;I am reading&quot;, has a first syllable like 'to '''read'''', rhyming with 'feeding' and 'needing' (/'riː dɪŋ/).
      <page pageid="5426" ns="0" title="Read (irregular verb)">
          <rev contentformat="text/x-wiki" contentmodel="wikitext" xml:space="preserve">{{irreg vbs|read ('-ee-', IPA /iː/)|read ('-ɛ-', IPA /ɛ/)|read ('-e-', IPA /e/)|also '''reread''', etc|6|A}}

:You may also want to see [[Read (homograph)]] and [[Read - reed]].</rev>