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    How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    When thou sleepest, think that thou art resting on the battlefield; when thou walkest, suspect an ambush in every hedge.

    How many syllables are there in words like sleepest, walkest?
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    How many do you think there are?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How many do you think there are?
    I guess two.
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I guess two.
    You guess correctly. The obsolete second-person singular forms omit e when the suffix doesn't add a syllable, as in thou wouldst.
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You guess correctly. The obsolete second-person singular forms omit e when the suffix doesn't add a syllable, as in thou wouldst.
    There is only one syllable in goes?
    Is there only one syllable in goest?
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There is only one syllable in goes?
    Is there only one syllable in goest?
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    goest

    /ˈɡō(ə)st/
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/goest
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Goes has one syllable, both as a verb and as the name of the tiny hamlet where I live.

    I've always pronounced goest with two syllables (on those extremely rare occasions when I've said it out loud).
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    When I first encountered it many years ago here, I pronounced it with two. I still do, but I have no evidence at all to show that my version is better than the one-syllable one.
    Last edited by Piscean; 17-Oct-2016 at 19:25. Reason: typo

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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    When I first encountered it many years ago here, I pronounced it with two. I still do, but I have no evidence at all to show that my version is better than the two-syllable one.
    I had the same quotation in mind. It must be a particularly well-known one to have penetrated my personal fog of ignorance of the Bible.
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    Re: How many syllables? sleepest, walkest...

    Matthew 6.26 - O ye of little faith.

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