# 1.4: Syllable Stress

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## Syllable Stress: Which syllable is the strongest?

### Rules to Remember

##### Rules to Remember: Syllable Stress

In words with two or more syllables, one syllable is stronger than the others. The strongest syllable has the most stress or emphasis.

### Listen

Listen to the speaker read the words in the figure below. Syllable Stress Recording.m4a

#### Notice:

• The stressed syllable is long and the vowel sound of the stressed syllable is clear.
• The other syllables are short and unclear.
• There is only one syllable with primary stress in each word. The other syllables usually take the schwa sound /ə/.

### Practice

Underline the stressed syllable in each of the words below.

Example: repeat

2. daughter
3. sleepy
4. unreal
5. question
6. relax
7. rely
8. quiet
9. perfect
10. allow
11. standard
12. delete

Use the interactive quiz to check your answers. Select the correct answer, click "check" to see if your answer is correct, and then click the arrow to move to the next question. When you have answered all of the questions, click "Finished."

### Practice

Underline the stressed syllable in each of the words below.

Example: computer

1. rational
2. popular
3. decided
4. example
5. everyday
6. eighty-one
7. sensation

Use the interactive quiz to check your answers. Select the correct answer, click "check" to see if your answer is correct, and then click the arrow to move to the next question. When you have answered all of the questions, click "Finished."

### Quiz

You will hear each word two times. Underline the strongest (or stressed) syllable. Click here for the audio: Syllable Stress Quiz.m4a You can listen to the recording as many time as you need.

1. bursting
2. excited
3. memorial
4. dangle
5. escape
6. graffiti
7. dividing
8. covered
9. infamously
10. kilometer
11. explain
12. concoction
13. curry
14. powder
15. popular
16. delicious
17. present (noun)
18. present (verb)

Use the interactive quiz to check your answers. Select the correct answer, click "check" to see if your answer is correct, and then click the arrow to move to the next question. When you have answered all of the questions, click "Finished."

## Resources

### Dictionaries: Finding the Stressed Syllable

Most dictionaries put a ['] before the syllable with the main stress. Sometimes one word can have more than one stress pattern.

##### Example
• 'pre-sent (noun) - People usually give a present for birthdays and weddings.
• pre-'sent (verb) - The scientists will present their research.

Click on the link to use the website The Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary: https://learnersdictionary.com/

Watch the video to learn how to use The Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary: Merriam-Webster Learner Dictionary.mp4

### How to use howmanysyllables.com

You can use the website https://www.howmanysyllables.com/ to help you count the number of syllables. This website can also help you determine which syllable is stressed.

To use the website How Many Syllables:

• Type the word into the search bar
• Find the number of syllables
• Find the stress
• Play the recording and practice saying the word

Watch the video to learn how to use the website: How Many Syllables.mp4

Click on the link to use the website: https://www.howmanysyllables.com/

## Recording: Syllables and Syllable Stress

• Listen to the recording. Syllable Stress Recording Task.m4a Then say the following words.
• Use the correct stress. Remember that the vowel for the stressed syllable should be long and clear. The vowels in the other syllables are not stressed. They are quick and usually have a schwa sound.
• You will receive one point for each correctly pronounced word.

Total Points: _____/16

1. burst ing
2. ex ci ted
3. me mo ri al
4. dan gle
5. es cape
6. gra fi ti
7. di vid ing
8. cov ered
9. in fa mous ly
10. kil o me ter
11. ex plain
12. con coc tion
13. cur ry
14. pow der
15. pop u lar
16. de li cious

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