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    What's the most common pronunciation for the word blessed?

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    Re: blessed

    Pronunciation depends on whether its used as a verb or an adjective. Don't know which is more common.

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    Re: blessed

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    What's the most common pronunciation for the word blessed?


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    (1) According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993) by Mr. Kenneth G. Wilson:

    The pronunciation "blest" predominates in sentences such as:

    He was blessed with excellent coordination.

    I will be blessed if I know. [A nice way to say "I will be d_ _ _ ed if ..."

    In other words, especially after a linking verb, I think.


    The pronunciation "BLES-id" predominates in sentences such as:

    The blessed St. Mary will protect us.

    The blessed lawnmover won't start. [A nice way to say the "d _ _ _ ed" lawnmower ...."]

    In other words, especially when it precedes the noun, I think.

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