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    Word stress in four syllable phrases

    Hi, I have a phrase: Don't mention it. Phonetically it looks like: [doʊnt mɛn ʃən ɪt]
    When a word ends with a consonant and the next word begins with a vowel, we connect the consonant to the vowel.
    ʃən ɪt becomes -> ʃən_ɪt

    In the dictionary the syllable ˈmɛn is stressed. I think we need it stressed in the phrase as well, but we also need stress on "don't". Am I right? The end of the phrase "ʃən_ɪt" is the one that doesn't need stress. Am I right? As far as I know pronouns are not as important as content words.

    I think the phrase should be pronounced: 'doʊnt 'mɛn ʃən_ɪt with stress on first and second syllable.
    What do you think? I would be grateful for any suggestion.

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    Re: Word stress in four syllable phrases

    I think the stress on don't could be optional. It is also possible to drop the final /t/ and say it without the stress.

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    Re: Word stress in four syllable phrases

    Thank you for your answer. Your time is greatly appreciated. So, only the verb gets stressed, the pronoun at the end "it" is unstressed. Am I right?
    Last edited by zoltankr; 31-Jan-2015 at 21:17.

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