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    student charly is offline Newbie
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    Default spelling verbs

    What is correct and why? opened or openned
    i know it's a matter opf stressing but how do i know in which verbs the firt syllable is stressed and in which ones the second?, thank you.

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    Default Re: spelling verbs

    The word is "opened."

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    Default Re: spelling verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The word is "opened."
    Thank you, but why are some verbs stressed on the first syllable and some others on the second syllable?

    o'pen, co'ver, tra'vel

    prefe'r, acce'pt, offe'nd
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    Default Re: spelling verbs

    There's no answer to that.

    It's just the way it is.

    Rover

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    Red face Stress verbs

    Thanks a lot.
    Though, is it possible to find in the internet a list of verbs that are stressed on the first syllable and on the second?

    because, i canīt find the way to learn the stressing pattern for such issue.

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    Default Re: Stress verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by student charly View Post
    because, i canīt find the way to learn the stressing pattern for such issue.
    Please, capitalize the first word of every sentence and the word "I".

    The best way is (in my opinion) to learn how to stress a word the moment you've learned it, if possible. You will find this information in dictionary entries, but make sure you've checked how your dictionary denotes stress.

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    Default Re: Stress verbs

    English words don't follow regular stress patterns the way they do in some languages. Native speakers will have to go to the dictionary to check new words; I have picked up words I had never heard used and been wrong about how I thought they would be pronounced. That's one reason for always having a good dictionary.

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