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    Wordstress: Pancake

    Hi All,

    Yesterday I watched the movie called "2012".....the actress said PANcake in the first time, but in the second time she said panCAKE, she changed the wordstress when saying Pancake, I was wondering how come the wordstress can be changed? Is it my listening problem or the stress of the word can be changed in English World? Please advise...Thanks.


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    William

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    Re: Wordstress: Pancake

    Wordstress should normally be on the first syllable, but the context may make it move to the second. I haven't seen 2012, but here's a possible context

    "Did you say 'pandemic'?"
    "No, I said 'panCAKE."

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    Re: Wordstress: Pancake

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Wordstress should normally be on the first syllable, but the context may make it move to the second. I haven't seen 2012, but here's a possible context

    "Did you say 'pandemic'?"
    "No, I said 'panCAKE."

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    Hi Bobk,

    I just checked the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, the stress of pancake would be changed in some cases...please see examples below:

    pancak|e ˈpæn keɪk

    ˈPancake Day
    ˌpancake ˈlanding
    ˌpancake ˈroll
    ˌPancake ˈTuesday

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    Re: Wordstress: Pancake

    Yes, in those last three word-groups there's secondary stress on the word 'pancake'. But in the word itself, the tonic syllable is still the first (as marked).

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