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    Word Stress on "Princess"

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    I'd like to know how do you put the word stress on "Princess", on first syllable or second syllable, I always hear people put the stress on first syllable, but dictionaries tell me the stress should be on the second syllable, please advise! Thanks a lot...!


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    Re: Word Stress on "Princess"

    Both are possible.
    When the word is followed by the name, as in Princess Anne, neither syllable of princess is stressed; the name bears the primary stress.

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    Re: Word Stress on "Princess"

    AmE usually /ˈprɪnsəs/ also /ˈprɪnˌsɛs/ sometimes /prɪnˈsɛs/
    BE usually /ˈprɪnˌsɛs/ also /prɪnˈsɛs/
    Last edited by thatone; 21-Dec-2010 at 16:53. Reason: fixed ɪ-s

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    Re: Word Stress on "Princess"

    Quote Originally Posted by thatone View Post
    AmE usually /ˈprɪnsəs/ also /ˈprɪnˌsɛs/ sometimes /prinˈsɛs/
    BE usually /ˈprɪnˌsɛs/ also /prinˈsɛs/
    Maybe so. I was about to say the polar opposite! But I agree with you and 5: both stresses are used, and sometimes there's none. I suspect there's an element of euphony in the decision. In 'Austin Princess' [an old make of car] the stress is iambic: long/short, long/short (with Prin- taking the long stress). In 'Fancy! - he drives a Princess now though' the stress is dactylic: 'long/short/short long/short/short long/short/short' (with '-cess' taking the short stress).
    NB - no one has to learn (or even believe ) this stuff, I'm just trying to explain apparently random choices.

    Last edited by BobK; 21-Dec-2010 at 22:08. Reason: Fix typo

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