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Hi there,

I am a bit confused with how I should pronounce the adjective "beloved"...

(1) All the Eng grammar books (paperbacks) I have claim the adjective "beloved" is pronounced as <... ved> ( 'e' stands for the schwa here). But...

(2) The online webster (available through the OneLook interface ) offers both <...vd> and <...ved> for this adjective. Moreover, the version <...vd> precedes the well-established <...ved>, which I guess just means the pattern <....vd> has become common and is even used more frequently than <....ved> (in AmEng)?

Could somebody please comment on this "pronunciation shift"(?)

vlivef

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vlivefthe < ... vd > version

I am American, and I am not aware of this pronunciation, but that doesn't prove that nobody uses it.

For me it has always been /biˈlʌv.ɪd/ (three syllables).

CJ

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Dearly "be-love-id",we are gathered here today...

(In the formal wedding ceremony, it has three syllables)

My "be-lovd" pet, Fluffy, had to be put down yesterday. (As an adjective, it has two syllables)

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AlpheccaStarsMy "be-lovd" pet, Fluffy, had to be put down yesterday. (As an adjective, it has two syllables)

Very interesting example/comment! Thank you!

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