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Examples of Syllable Stress

Syllable Stress

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-14 20:00:52
In words that are polysyllabic (have more than one syllable), one syllable is stressed. In most English dictionaries, the stressed syllable is indicated by a stress mark, a symbol that resembles an apostrophe. The stress mark follows the syllable that is stressed.

For example, in the word incredible, the second syllable (-cred-) is stressed.

ex′it op′po·site Feb′ru·ar·y hu′mid ex·am′ine in·cred′i·ble
ma·chine′ em·ploy·ee′ psy·cho′lo·gy A′pril car′rot hon′or fa′ther
Mon′day le′mon e′vil Mar′y

Putting stress on the correct syllable is especially important for words that are both nouns and verbs. If the stress is placed on the first syllable it is a noun, if the stress is placed on the second syllable it is a verb.

noun verb
con′test con·test′
de′fect de·fect′
in′sert in·sert′
ob′ject ob·ject′
pre′sent pre·sent′
pro′test pro·test′
re′call re·call′
re′cord re·cord′

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