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    Four-leaf clover or four-leafed clover?

    The dictionary gives both forms, and one would call a four-leaf clover a four-leafed clover and vice versa.

    Do you know which is commoner in your perhaps not so (un)usually placid neck of the woods? And how clumsy or awkward does the previous question sound?

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    Re: Four-leaf clover or four-leafed clover?

    I don't know if this is helpful, but I have always heard "a four-leaf clover".

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    Re: Four-leaf clover or four-leafed clover?

    That was very helpful indeed. Thanks, Ron.

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    Re: Four-leaf clover or four-leafed clover?

    I agree with Ron. Four-leaf clover seems more common.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Because it's easier to say 'four leaf clover', it's more common.

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    Re: Four-leaf clover or four-leafed clover?

    <Cue music.> I'm looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before.</music>

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    It was my dad's job to punish me when I would misbehave.
    My dad would look at me with an expression ever so grave.

    Then he would send me out to find a four-leaf clover.
    I never ever did find one even tho I looked all over.

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    You should have come in after five minutes and said there weren't any- the only way he could've checked would be by going out himself and finding one to prove you wrong.

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