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I'm not sure that "pronounced something wrong" is good English - incorrectly or badly?

AlisonC1Kwiziq community member

I'm not sure that "pronounced something wrong" is good English - incorrectly or badly?

Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonjour Alison, I think the better translation would be: You always mispronounced this word, so the French phrase would be: Tu prononçais toujours mal ce mot. The French equivalent of mispronounce, from the Collins-Robert Dictionary is «mal prononcer» or syntactically «prononcer mal» J'espère que cela vous aidera et bonne chance.
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Alison (and Ron)! Thank you for these useful remarks. I've now updated the example accordingly. Bonne journée !
JamieA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
I think agruing that it's wrong to say "I pronounced it wrong" is imposing excessive, artificial logic on English. The argument is that a verb requires an adverb; you can't apply an adjective to a verb. But we say "I made it small," for example--we don't require one to say "I made it smally."

I'm not sure that "pronounced something wrong" is good English - incorrectly or badly?

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