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    stress "thirteen - nineteen" and "hotel"

    1) Is the stress in "thirteen - nineteen" always on the 2nd syllable or does it depend on which English speaking country one lives in ?

    2) Is the stress in the word "hotel" on the 2nd syllable or does it also depend ?

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    Re: stress "thirteen - nineteen" and "hotel"

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    1) Is the stress in "thirteen - nineteen" always on the 2nd syllable or does it depend on which English speaking country one lives in ?

    2) Is the stress in the word "hotel" on the 2nd syllable or does it also depend ?
    In BrE they are all stressed on the second syllable.

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    Re: stress "thirteen - nineteen" and "hotel"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In BrE they are all stressed on the second syllable.
    Not invariably.
    - What about if you're counting from 10 to 20?
    - How old are you - fourteen? No, I'm fifteen!

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    Re: stress "thirteen - nineteen" and "hotel"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Not invariably.
    - What about if you're counting from 10 to 20?
    - How old are you - fourteen? No, I'm fifteen!
    I've just tried counting out loud from 10 to 20 and I stress the "teen". I agree that if you wanted to insist, as in your "fourteen/fifteen" example, then the first syllable would often be stressed.

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    Re: stress "thirteen - nineteen" and "hotel"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've just tried counting out loud from 10 to 20 and I stress the "teen". I agree that if you wanted to insist, as in your "fourteen/fifteen" example, then the first syllable would often be stressed.
    Okay, maybe Australians count differently. We definitely stress the first syllable on a wider range of occasions than you.
    How would a British newsreader say:
    "Fifteen thousand people died in the earthquake".
    In AusE, the emphasis is on "Fif".

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