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How does Ed Sheeran strum Kiss Me?

It is better to count this pattern in 16ths because that is what he is ‘ghost strumming,’ “^’s” above the numbers are accents, u – up – down:

                                                       ^     ^
1  e  &  uh  2  e  &  uh  3  e  &  uh  4  e  &  uh
d  u d    u  d  u  d   u    d u  d   u   d      d   

For most of the song he will do a stronger strum on the beat to give a sense of time.  In parts of his strumming in-between verses, or like in the intro he accents different beats (i.e. the uh of beat one or two).  

I can go more into depth for you if you need.

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