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    Stressed syllables

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

    a) I know why he wanted to see you.

    b) Whatís the time?

    c) Donít forget to turn out the light!

    d) Itís another beautiful day today.

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    Re: Stressed syllables

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

    a) I know why he wanted to see you.

    b) Whatís the time?

    c) Donít forget to turn out the light!

    d) Itís another beautiful day today.
    'another' is not a syllable.

    You need to distinguish between syllables and words. You have stressed words.

    a) I know why he wanted to see you. This sentence could be stressed on any word but 'to', therefore any syllable but 'to' and the 'ed' in 'wanted' - depending on the meaning.
    (But we can assume that if a syllable is not stressed in a word, it is not stressed when that word is placed in a sentence).

    b) Whatís the time? Yes, or Whatís the time?

    Here's how I might stress these two:
    c) Donít forget to turn out the light!

    d) Itís another beautiful day today.[/quote]


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    Re: Stressed syllables

    Those tips were helpful I find distinguishing stressed syllables in sentences irritatingly difficult and confusing. I try clapping, humming ... can't figure it out which are unstressed/stressed though.

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    Re: Stressed syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by vrk View Post
    Those tips were helpful I find distinguishing stressed syllables in sentences irritatingly difficult and confusing. I try clapping, humming ... can't figure it out which are unstressed/stressed though.
    You're probably not missing much, unless you have your heart set on being a drummer.

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