Stress is very important when speaking. If you don’t pronounce the stress in a word, or you pronounce it incorrectly, people may have trouble understanding you. For example, if you pronounce “I want banana” in the same length: I-want-ba-na-na, you’d sound too robotic (unnatural).
When a syllable is stressed, it is pronounced in three ways:
– high in pitch
Rules in stressing
If you see a new word, can you tell where the stress is? Is there a rule? Yes, there are rules in stressing a syllable in a word. However, these rules don’t work all the time, at least they can help you.
1. Nouns or adjectives with two syllables usually have stress on the first syllable.
2. Verbs with two syllables usually have stress on the second syllable.
3. Words with three syllables have stress on the first syllable.
4. Words with four syllables or more have stress in the middle.
Let’s practice! Which syllable should be stressed?
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