Word Stress

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It’s quiz time for word stress again!

Do you have trouble pronouncing words that are part of a family?

For example, geography, geographer, and geographically belong to the same family because they are different forms (noun, noun for person, and adverb) of the same word.

In each word, we stress one syllable the most, saying it louder, longer and with higher pitch.

But even though the words are similar, it doesn’t mean they are stressed on the same syllable.

  • Geographer is stressed as ge-O-gra-phy.
  • Geography is stressed as ge-O-gra-pher.
  • But…Geographically is stressed as ge-o-GRAPH-i-call-y.

The same syllable does not receive the same stress in each form, so you have to remember to stress the words differently, like geographically in this case.

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Where can you learn more rules about word stress?

In my online lessons, I explain where stress falls in words with certain endings, like -al, -tion, or -ography as well as in word families.

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Answers:

  • bi-O-lo-gy
  • bi-O-lo-gist
  • bi-o-LO-gi-cal
  • bi-o-LO-gi-call-y
  • GEN-e-rate
  • gen-e-RA-tion
  • GEN-er-a-tive
  • gen-e-RA-tion-al

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