What is syllable stress?

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A good way to improve your pronunciation is to focus on syllable stress.

You may ask: but, what is a syllable? A syllable is a complete sound with a vowel sound in it. A word can have one or more syllables. For example, in the word ‘syllable’ there are three syllables.

Next question: what is syllable stress? If there are two or more syllables in a word, then one word is stressed. For example, in the word syllable, the first syllable is stress:

syll / a / ble

In India, many people stress on the incorrect syllable. For example, some Punjabis say: senTENCE. While it should be: SENtence.

Here are some other common errors:

Indian                            UK/US

DEbate                        deBATE

tenDENcy                   TENdency

POtential                     poTENtial

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: amalfabian

I am an English language corporate trainer based in India. Am attracted to printed matter and I like to scribble sometimes.

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