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English translation: [three syllables]

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English term or phrase:marvelling (pronunciation)
English translation:[three syllables]
Entered by: Valters Feists
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19:09 Aug 11, 2006
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / phonetics, pronunciation
English term or phrase: marvelling (pronunciation)
Merriam-Webster Online shows two pronunciations of "marvelling":

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=mar...

/'märv-li[ng], 'mär-v&-/ .

I'd like to know whether it is more likely pronounced as having _2 or 3 syllables_.

I can imagine that dialects and sociolects may vary here, but my context is _literature_ and standard usage.
Also, what about British versus American usage?
Valters Feists
Latvia
Local time: 06:20
three syllables
Explanation:
Marvelling should have all three syllables pronounced in UK English. "Marvellous" can sometimes be heard as "marv'lous" but it shouldn't really be pronounced that way. I can't say how marveling is pronounced in US English (but that's how it's spelt).
Selected response from:

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:20
Grading comment
Thank you.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +9three syllables
Jack Doughty


  

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +9
three syllables


Explanation:
Marvelling should have all three syllables pronounced in UK English. "Marvellous" can sometimes be heard as "marv'lous" but it shouldn't really be pronounced that way. I can't say how marveling is pronounced in US English (but that's how it's spelt).

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:20
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PRO pts in category: 514
Grading comment
Thank you.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sara Noss: Yes, all three. 'Smarvelous!
4 mins
  -> Thank you.

agree  Anton Baer: Ithink in both countries it should have three -- anything else is elision. Certainly for the UK Captain Jack is right!
5 mins
  -> Thank you.

agree  Refugio: All three, unless one is talking really really fast. Same in US.
49 mins
  -> Thank you. So that covers it from both sides of the pond.

agree  conejo: 3 syllables in the US. Mostly the pronunciation of the word is the same in the UK & US, except the first syllable is pronounced a little differently
52 mins
  -> Thank you. Yes, we say mahvellous, you say marrvelous.

agree  David Knowles: The second of the three syllables is very weak, so it could become two. It reminds me of "medicine", which has quite a variable pronunciation.
1 hr
  -> Thank you. Med Sin sounds like a doctor behaving improperly with a patient.

agree  Will Matter: Should be three, have heard two (rare), same in US English. // Nye za shto.
9 hrs
  -> Arigato.

agree  Lesley Clayton
13 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Uma Hariharan
14 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  xxxanastasia t
3 days20 hrs
  -> Thank you.
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