Word stress on words of 3 syllables

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Word stress on words of 3 syllables

Unread post by Jane » Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:39 pm

Hi everybody,

I'm putting together an exercise for my students to help them understand where to place stress on words of 3 syllables.

I've come up with loads of words and the stress always falls on the first or second syllable. Is there a rule in English that explains why the stress is not on the third syllable? Or do you have examples of 3 syllable words where the stress is on the third syllable?

thanks to you all for your help


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Word Stress Rules

Unread post by Joe » Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:56 pm

For compound verbs, the stress is often on the second part, so for example: to overFLOW, to underSTAND
Here are some rather complicated rules that can help in understanding where to put the stress. But students should not rely on them too much because there are many exceptions. It is preferable to try to "feel" the music of the language and to add the stress naturally.

http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciatio ... -rules.htm

General stuff about word stress:
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciatio ... stress.htm

Sorting exercises are good for helping students learn word stress, for example three columns:

Ooo oOo ooO

with jumbled three-syllable words below. The students have to sort the words according to the columns (stress on 1st syllable, 2nd syllable, 3rd syllable)

You can make such a worksheet yourself at:
http://www.tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans/wo ... generator/

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