help you place the tonic accent on multi-syllable words in English.
rules do not cover all the aspects of word stress in English; but they
do cover the
large majority of
plurisyllabic words in the language.
should you say: difficult or difficult or difficult?
Here are the main
principles that determine how words are stressed or accentuated in
word is normally
stressed on the first
there is a reason to put the stress somewhere
- The "reasons" are either suffixes
(like -ity or
ex- or in-).
- If the
(ending) starts with the
this will affect
the position of stress in a word.
-ial, -ient, -ious, -ior, -ic, -ity, etc.
The stress comes on the syllable
There are only a very few
exceptions to this rule.
the stress of a word.
-er, -ed, -ist, -ing, -ment
stressed in two-syllable
nouns starting with a prefix
need to be learned individually.
stressed in three-syllable
always stressed in verbs.
Examples: 'Continent, 'incident, 'exercise;
to con'sider, to
but to 'indicate
syllable verbs ending in -ate
are stressed on the first syllable).
over all others, notably when a "rule
ending" is followed by a "rule
perpetually, deliciously, conditional, conditioner,
of rules is not
but it does
explain where to place the main accent in the
majority of words in English.
you designate the tonic syllable (main stress) in these words which all
obey the rules?
England, Edinburgh, region, regional, economic, to
complain, community, to refuse, considering.
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