Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    Default A pronunciation question

    How do you write a word when you want to tell the reader how to pronounce it? For example, the word blessed. You can say that you are blessed with a lovely family, or you can speak about the blessed virgin. In the second example blessed is pronounced bless-ed. The first example has one syllable whereas the second example has two syllables. So how do you write it so that the reader knows which blessed you mean?

    Thanks for your help.
    It is better to wear out than to rust out.
    - Richard Chamberlain, Tour of the Hebrides

    Us husbands are a sorry lot.

  2. #2
    Member Zippity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Capital City
    Posts
    4,391

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    When blessed is used as a verb, it is pronounced with one syllable (blest). Example: Before we ate, our uncle Tony blessed [blest] the meal. Rule 2. When the word blessed is used as part of an adverb (blessedly) or a noun (blessedness), it is pronounced with two syllables (bles-id).

    Probably doesn't answer your question completely

    "If Fawlty Towers is now being removed by the BBC then humour is dead. The puritans are winning because the establishment is weak and has no self confidence."


    Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage· Jun 12

  3. #3
    Senior Member piroska's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    With Kim-Jong-Mum
    Posts
    2,914

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    How do you write a word when you want to tell the reader how to pronounce it? For example, the word blessed.
    Phonetically.

    Blest.
    Ex-pctek

  4. #4
    Ancient Member Blue Druid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Shady Sanson
    Posts
    204

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    Traditionally the bless-ed is written blessèd with a grave over the second 'e'

  5. #5

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    Thankyou Blue Druid. I wondered if that was the way it was written.

    Very helpful.
    It is better to wear out than to rust out.
    - Richard Chamberlain, Tour of the Hebrides

    Us husbands are a sorry lot.

  6. #6
    Remember Richard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Whangarei
    Posts
    2,351

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    You just KNOW how to say it.

  7. #7

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    You just KNOW how to say it.
    That's not the point. I was asking how it was written.
    It is better to wear out than to rust out.
    - Richard Chamberlain, Tour of the Hebrides

    Us husbands are a sorry lot.

  8. #8

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    I ma not so good with it, maybe we can ask Grammarly on that. LOL

  9. #9
    Computer "Specialist" Agent_24's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    64 Bitville
    Posts
    14,276

    Default Re: A pronunciation question

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...netic_Alphabet

    If you wanted to describe the pronunciation exactly, as in a dictionary.

    Otherwise, you leave the spelling alone and the reader picks up the meaning from the context, assuming you've written well enough to convey that.

    Then it's up to them to refer to the dictionary if they have any questions regarding its pronunciation.

Similar Threads

  1. Maori Placenames Pronunciation
    By Roscoe in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 26-03-2017, 07:11 PM
  2. WinTV200 Question...Just A Simple Question.....
    By SurferJoe46 in forum PressF1
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-05-2008, 03:40 PM
  3. Linux question - CD burning question
    By johcar in forum PressF1
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 15-05-2007, 09:09 AM
  4. correct pronunciation
    By Lizard in forum PressF1
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-05-2004, 01:41 PM
  5. OT - Computer related word Pronunciation
    By fergie in forum PressF1
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 15-02-2003, 05:24 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •