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    Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    Hi Everybody,

    I have a question, I would like to know when the english word has two syllables, from my understanding, the stress is only on the one of the syllables. For instance, 'airplane', the stress must be on the 'air', not on the 'plane', right? However, when I say 'airplane mode', it seems the stress are on the 'air' and also on the 'plane'.....in this case, if I put the stress on both syllables, is it correct?

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    No. This word, whatever its function in the sentence, is stressed on the first syllable.

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    Yes, philo2009 is correct. It's really a 'compound noun' like policeman or classroom, so whenever you see these two-part nouns always put the stress on the first word or part.

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    No. This word, whatever its function in the sentence, is stressed on the first syllable.
    Any exceptional case?

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    Well, provided you discount this kind of scenario...

    A (who is hard of hearing): What's that up in the sky?
    B: An airplane, of course.
    A: What? An airbag?
    B: No, an airplane!
    A: Did you say an airbrush?
    B: No, an airPLANE - turn your hearing aid back on!!

    ...no!

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    Interesting question, In fact, the word can have 3 syllables. In British English, it is common to say "aeroplane"; all 3 syllables are more or less equivalent and there is no special stress on any of them.

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    Re: Word Stress, will it be changed in phrase/sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by armstrom69 View Post
    Interesting question, In fact, the word can have 3 syllables. In British English, it is common to say "aeroplane"; all 3 syllables are more or less equivalent and there is no special stress on any of them.
    Not according to JC Well’s Longman PD: The stress is still on the 1st syllable. Some Canadians & Americans pronounce this word with the primary stress on the 1st and the secondary on the last syllable. I just stress the first.

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