m1-3 word stress patterns

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  • Two-syllable nouns and adjectives

    Examples Your examples write here

    In most two syllable nouns and adjectives, the first syllable takes on the stress.

    LEARning SEAted ADvice STUdent

    Two-syllable verbs and prepositions

    Examples Your example

    In most two syllable verbs and prepositions the stress is on the second syllable.

    reCEIVE adVISE aLONG beTWEEN

    Three-syllable in -er, -or, -ly Examples Your examples

    The stress is placed on the first syllable.

    DIRector ORderly MANager

    Three-syllable words end in -y Examples Your examples

    If there is a word that ends in a consonant or in a -y, then the first syllable gets the stress.

    RArity HOliday BAkery

    suffix tells its own stress story Examples Your examples

    The stress is on the syllable just before the suffix. This applies to words of all syllable lengths.

    -able: ADDable, DURable -ary: PRIMary, DIary, liBRary -cial: juDIcial, nonSOcial -cian: muSIcian, phySIcian -ery: BAkery, SCENery -graphy: bibliOgraphy -ial: iniTIal, juDICial -ian: coMEdian, ciVILian -ible: viSIble, terRIble, reSIstible -ic: plaTOnic, synTHEtic -ical: MAgical, LOgical, CRItical -ics: diaBEtics, paediAtrics -ion: classifiCAtion, vegeTAtion -ity: imMUnity, GRAvity, VAnity -ium: HElium, ALUminum -imum: MInimum, OPtimum -logy: BIology, CARdiology -tal: caPItal, reCItal

  • Words ending in ee, ese, ique, ette

    Examples Your examples write here

    The primary stress is actually placed on the suffix.

    -ee: jamborEE, guarantEE -eer: sightsEER, puppetEER -ese: JapanESE, cheESE -ette: cassETTE -ique: unIQUE, critIQUE

    Prefixes Examples Your examples

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    Usually, the prefix does not take the stress, but there are exceptions.

    ex: EXample, EXplanation in: INside, INefficient, INterest mis: MIStake, MISspelled pre: PREcede, PREliminary

    Stress on the penultimate syllable (count back two)

    Examples Your examples write here

    You put stress on the second syllable from the end of the word, with words ending in ic, sion, tion, cy, ty.

    iCONic exTENsion nuTRItion demoCRAcy TREAty

    Stress on the anti-penultimate syllable (count back three)

    Examples Your examples write here

    You put stress on the second syllable from the end of the word, with words ending in gy, phy, and al.

    geOgraphy ALlergy NAUtical

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