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Understanding Syllables

To understand word stress, it helps to understand syllables.
Every word is made from syllables.
Each word has one, two, three or more syllables.

wordnumber of syllables
dogdog1
greengreen1
quitequite1
quietqui-et2
orangeor-ange2
tableta-ble2
expensiveex-pen-sive3
interestingin-ter-est-ing4
unrealisticun-rea-lis-tic4
unexceptionalun-ex-cep-tio-nal5

Notice that (with a few rare exceptions) every syllable contains at least one vowel (a, e, i, o or u) or vowel sound.

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