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Pronunciation. Syllable Stress in English. Syllable Stress. One syllable in each word is stressed more than the other syllable A stressed syllable has a longer, louder, and higher sound Ex. Invited … In-VIT-ed …. Rule Number 1….

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Pronunciation

Pronunciation

Syllable Stress in English


Syllable stress
Syllable Stress

  • One syllable in each word is stressed more than the other syllable

  • A stressed syllable has a longer, louder, and higher sound

  • Ex. Invited … In-VIT-ed …


Rule number 1
Rule Number 1…

  • Two-syllable words that can be both an adjective/noun or verb; the adjective/noun is stressed on the first syllable and the verb is stressed on second syllable

    • Examples:

      • PREsent (adjective)

        Everyone in our class is present today.

      • PREsent (noun)

        She gave her friend a lovely present.

      • preSENT (verb)

        The teachers presented their teachers with a birthday card.


Rule number 2
Rule Number 2…

  • Prefixes and suffixes are usually not stressed

    • Examples:

      • walk + ing = WALKing

      • un + clear = unCLEAR

      • im + possible = imPOSSible


Rule number 3
Rule Number 3…

  • Words with some suffixes are usually stressed on the syllable just before the suffix.

  • Suffixes include:

    -tion -cian -sion -ic -graphy

    -ity -ical -ify -ogy


Rule Number 3 (con’t)…Words with some suffixes are usually stressed on the syllable just before the suffix.

  • Examples:

    • -tion exAM examinAtion

    • -cian TECHnical techNIcian

    • -ic eLECtric

    • -ity elecTRICity

    • -ical geoLOGical

    • -ogy geOLogy

    • -graphy geOgraphy


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