Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 16:21:52 EDT From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Bade The long a pronunciation, as Jesse suggests, is probably a spelling pronunciation (how often do you hear "bade" these days) either by analogy with words such as "made" "fade" etc or by influence of phonics. As I understand it from my elementary language arts students who take a course in phonics, the rule to use is, a vowel before a single consonant and a final silent 'e' is long. Exs., hid, hide, mad, made, bad, bade? Does this apply to forbade as well? It is more likely to occur, I think, than bade? -- Virtually, Terry (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)