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    Default Pronunciation of Forbade

    Recently I read that "forbade" should be pronounced so as to rhyme with "glad," but I've never heard anyone pronounce the word that way.

    How do you pronounce it?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    I rhyme it with glad.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    Forbade | Define Forbade at Dictionary.com

    I would rhyme it with "aid." The dictionary gives either pronunciation.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

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    I am a "glad' person, as I would be in "I bade them sit" (old-fashioned).

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    Another 'gladder' here.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    Personally, for the word "forbade", i was tough why we pronounced it like"aid" because in the English language, every letter serves to pronounce the word "correctly". So i heard some pronounce "Forbade" like "aid" or "Forbade" like "Bad", When you see an "E'' as the last letter in every word, it signals the way it should be pronounced, if we were to take out the "e'' (forbad), it would sound like ''Bad'', Why is it written like ''ade'' instead of ''aid'' thats where i'm clueless

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    '. . . in the English language, every letter serves to pronounce the word "correctly".'
    I don't know who taught you that, Opus, but it is clearly incorrect. For example, how does every letter in though help us to distinguish its pronunciation from rough or plough?

    Rover

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    words like though? why don't we take that for example. Do you think the last ''h'' does matter? and how would we pronounce it, if it didn't matters ? (thoug). Take rough or plough, that is a very good example, why don't we write "rouf"? or just take out the "H" in "plough", it's clearly incorrect and their is a reason why, Please enlighten me.....

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus018 View Post
    words like though? why don't we take that for example. Do you think the last ''h'' does matter? and how would we pronounce it, if it didn't matters ? (thoug). Take rough or plough, that is a very good example, why don't we write "rouf"? or just take out the "H" in "plough", it's clearly incorrect and their is a reason why, Please enlighten me.....
    =Not a Teacher=

    The only thing that is really incorrect is this: "because in the English language, every letter serves to pronounce the word "correctly"." This is just not true. Sorry.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of Forbade

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus018 View Post
    words like though? why don't we take that for example. Do you think the last ''h'' does matter? and how would we pronounce it, if it didn't matters ? (thoug). Take rough or plough, that is a very good example, why don't we write "rouf"? or just take out the "H" in "plough", it's clearly incorrect and their is a reason why, Please enlighten me.....
    After the Norman invasion, the English letter yogh was replaced by Norman scribes with gh, which gave rise to the pronunciation mess we have today.

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