Word stress SIX BASIC RULES

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Word stress SIX BASIC RULES
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2014-05-14 12:35:26
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to help you place the tonic accent on multi-syllable words in English.
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  1. These 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.
  2. The problem: should you say: DIFficult or difFICult or diffiCULT?Here are the main principles that determine how words are stressed or accentuated in English.
  3. 1.   A word is normally stressed on the first syllable, unless there is a reason to put the stress somewhere else.
  4. 1. The "reasons" are either suffixes (like -ity or -ion)
    or prefixes (like con-, dis-, ex- or in-).
  5. 3- If the suffix (ending) starts with the letters i or u this will affect
    the position of stress in a word. 
    Sample suffixes: -ion, -ual, -ial, -ient, -ious, -ior, -ic, -ity, etc. 
    the stress comes on the syllable before the suffix. 
    Examples: Atlantic, comic, sufficient,
    explanation, residual.

    There are only a very few exceptions to this rule.

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