Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    vrk is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default unstressed syllables

    I am confused about how to find unstressed syllables for a course I am taking. Here are four sentences I am working on finding the unstressed syllables in. I underlined what I think are the stressed syllables, but wonder if there are more or less or if what I underlined is right. Advice would be most helpful. Thank you.


    a) Once upon a time, there was an old woman…

    b) In the light of the above statement, I shall abstain from voting.

    c) Good morning. How can I help you?

    d) I’m away for the rest of the week.
    .
    Last edited by vrk; 09-Jul-2009 at 05:07.

  2. #2
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,554
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: unstressed syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by vrk View Post
    I am confused about how to find unstressed syllables for a course I am taking. Here are four sentences I am working on finding the unstressed syllables in. I underlined what I think are the stressed syllables, but wonder if there are more or less or if what I underlined is right. Advice would be most helpful. Thank you.


    a) Once upon a time, there was an old woman

    b) In the light of the above statement, I shall abstain from voting.

    c) Good morning. How can I help you?

    d) Im away for the rest of the week.
    .
    See my reply to your above question. You are confusing words with syllables. For examples there are two syllables in 'upon' and only one is stressed. There are also unstressed syllables in woman, statement, abstain, voting, morning.

    Do you want to have another go?

  3. #3
    vrk is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: unstressed syllables

    Ok that makes sense. Let me try again.

    a) Once upon a time, there was an old woman

    b) In the light of the above statement, I shall abstain from voting.

    c) Good morning. How can I help you?

    d) Im away for the rest of the week.


    I read the sentences out loud, but I find it really difficult to figure out where the unstressed syllables are. Any types for how to read the sentences so I can more easily find them?

  4. #4
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,554
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: unstressed syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by vrk View Post
    Ok that makes sense. Let me try again.

    a) Once upon a time, there was an old woman

    b) In the light of the above statement, I shall abstain from voting. Yes

    c) Good morning. How can I help you? Yes

    d) Im away for the rest of the week.
    Yes

    I read the sentences out loud, but I find it really difficult to figure out where the unstressed syllables are. Any types for how to read the sentences so I can more easily find them?
    Well, you've got everything right here, but one. I wouldn't put a stress on 'there'. Naturally, you could find the unstressed syllables by finding the stressed ones first then inverting the answers. (All syllables are going to be either stressed or unstressed at this level).
    You could trying overstressing the syllables you think should be stressed when you're reading aloud, and perhaps nodding your head slightly on a stressed syllable. If you've already tried tapping a pencil, etc. you're probably doing everything practical.
    But you've done okay here.

Similar Threads

  1. How many syllables in "Television"?
    By ljkjp2 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Apr-2009, 14:38
  2. How many syllables do the word "area" have?
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Feb-2009, 22:46
  3. Counting Syllables page + disagreement
    By ljkjp2 in forum Comments & Suggestions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Nov-2007, 05:55
  4. unstressed syllables
    By viet_ghat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Apr-2007, 12:14
  5. Syllables
    By Ajax-Milan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Dec-2004, 02:12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •