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    Default Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    Hi everyone!

    Oxford dictionaries offer the only correct stress in the word CONSEQUENCE which falls on the first syllable. However, I'm almost sure... no, I can bet my hat that I've heard this word with stress falling on the second syllable. Can it be some particular Canadian or Australian pronunciation or something?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    I have spent time in both countries, and I have never heard the word expressed otherwise than with the stress being placed on the first syllable.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    I have visited both America and Canada, and I have watched/listened to more than my fair share of both accents both in real life and on film and I have never heard con-SE-quence.

    If you can recall (or even better, provide a link to) where you heard this pronunciation, then great. Failing that, I'm afraid I think you are mistaken.

    CON-se-quence.
    con-se-QUEN-tial.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    I'm willing to concede that Marina may have heard 'con-SE-quence'. We all know that some people mispronounce words. I wondering though what the CON-sequence of this is.

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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    Unfortunately, I cannot provide any link. I just know that I've heared it from people in Canada. So... now I'm infected with this wrong pronunciation. And the worst thing is that my teacher caught me on that. Can I at least clear my name by saying that it is not a mistake but a different dialect?

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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Can I at least clear my name by saying that it is not a mistake but a different dialect?
    No. As far as I know, the word is not stressed on the second syllable in any major variety/dialect of English.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    As i know it is on 2nd syllable...right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soffee View Post
    As i know it is on 2nd syllable...right?
    No, as we have said several times in this thread.
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    Default Re: Stress in CONSEQUENCE

    Quote Originally Posted by soffee View Post
    As i know it is on 2nd syllable...right?
    Have you read the thread? The post immediately above yours by a moderator says, "... the word is not stressed on the second syllable in any major variety/dialect of English".

    PS: Is your profile correct? Or are you a troll?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    PS: Is your profile correct? Or are you a troll?


    As at least some of the information is untrue, I have assumed the latter.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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