He said, "I know the way, -- come."
And I was overjoyed at this.
Together we hastened.
Soon, too soon, were we
Where my eyes were useless,
And I knew not the ways of my feet.
I clung to the hand of my friend;
But at last he cried, "I am lost."
What interests in this poem by Stephen Crane is the adjective 'learned' in the first line. Most of you - whether you are a NS or a (fairly competent) NNS of General British - will know that this adjective is pronounced either /lɜːnɪd/ or /lɜːnəd/ because you've /lɜːnd/ (or lɜːnt/) English prop'ly.
Test yourself with these sentences:
- the seminar was held by an elderly learned professor;
- leadership is a learned skill;
- JIPA is a learned journal;
- I 've learned more from my father than from my mother;
- art historians are more learned than art critics;
- I think my learned friend has a problem;
- elegance is learned, my friend;
- I trust my learned colleage has learned his lesson;