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Stress Patterns


2-Syllable Nouns

NOUNS
90% stressed
on the first syllable.
NOUNS
foreign borrowings
most stressed
on the last syllable.
COMPOUND NOUNS
Stressed on
the first syllable.

ánswer
ásthma
cástle
cháos
sálmon
écho
néighbor
chícken
Chrístmas
kítchen
clímate
ísland
chórus
chóir
doughnut
hónor
knówledge
móther
stómach
stúdent

Compare -ain
nouns & verbs.

verb
to compláin
to entertáin
to expláin
to maintáin
to remáin

nouns
móuntain
fóuntain


Words of
French Origin

Silent -et
ballét
buffét
chalét
fillét
gourmét
valét

ch = /ʃ/
champágne
crochét
chalét
chagrín
chatéau
chiffón
machíne
brochúre

ge = /ʒ/
barráge
corságe
garáge
masságe
miráge

que
antíque
techníque
uníque

a tákeover
a gétup
a létdown
a líftoff
a príntout

máilman
greénhouse
fíreman
the Whíte House
hót dog
pópcorn
roómmate
schoól bus