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    Confused with doubled consonants.

    /ˈben.ɪ.fɪt/ (from Cambridge dictionary).

    Do the dots show how to break the word down into parts while saying it? They dont show where to apply an accent, do they?

    In the word benefit, i is unstressed according to this dictionary, and its not an l ended word like travel. Why does the dictionary show the past participle as benefited, and not benefitted then? It indicates tor tt in brackets, though, when used as a verb.

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, for a change, i is stressed: \ˈbe-nə-ˌfit\ or isnt it?

    What should I make of it?

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    Re: Confused with doubled consonants.

    Quote Originally Posted by Auldlangsyne View Post
    /ˈben.ɪ.fɪt/ (from Cambridge dictionary).

    Do the dots show how to break the word down into parts while saying it? They don’t show where to apply an accent, do they? No they don't: the stress mark does that (before the first syllable).

    In the word benefit, “i” is unstressed according to this dictionary, and it’s not an “l” ended word like travel. Why does the dictionary show the past participle as benefited, and not benefitted then? It indicates “t”or “tt” in brackets, though, when used as a verb. I don't see the problem. The dictionary specifies an option. (In some parts of the world there may be no option - double letters are a minefield (which I usually try to avoid ))

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, for a change, “i” is stressed: \ˈbe-nə-ˌfit\ or isn’t it? Same stress mark, same position as in the Cambridge book.

    What should I make of it?
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    PS I've just noticed the secondary stress mark in the MW transcription; the primary stress mark, though, is on the first syllable.

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    Re: Confused with doubled consonants.

    In your first entry, the dots mark the syllables. The initial apostrophe marks the major stress/accent.

    Both benefited and benefitted are accepted by major dictionaries. In AmE, in a multi-syllable word, the tendency is to not double the the final consonant when adding a suffix unless the the major stress is on the final syllable.

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