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  1. Mehrgan's Avatar
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    Question The stress in "innovative"...

    Hi,
    In my dictionaries the stress is on the first syllable. But, I have a feeling I've heard the word with a stress on /n/, as in /ɪˈnɒvətɪv/. Is it possible in BrE?

    Is innovatory commonly used in BrE?



    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Re: The stress in "innovative"...

    John Wells gives 94% of speakers stressing the first syllable, 6% the third. He gives 52% for /eI/as the vowel in the third syllable, 42% for /ə/

    Is innovatory commonly used in BrE? Not in my opinion.

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