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

alison

Kwiziq community member

12 August 2017

3 replies

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

This relates to:
Conjugate semi-regular -cer verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

12 August 2017

12/08/17

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.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

23 August 2017

23/08/17

Bonjour Alison (and Ron)!

Thank you for these useful remarks.
I've now updated the example accordingly.

Bonne journée !

Jamie

Kwiziq community member

26 August 2018

26/08/18

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."

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