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    Moving stress

    Please I need help with this:

    You use moving stress with some nationalities (ending in ese) and also with numbers (_teen, twenty-two)

    Examples:
    He's a Portugese writer.
    We have fourteen children.

    Am I right?

    _________________ . _________________

    What about these examples? Do they have moving stress?
    They are European capital cities.
    It's an afternoon party.
    It's a seventeenth century house.


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    Re: Moving stress

    Yes, there is also stress shift in your examples:

    They are European capital cities.
    It's an afternoon party.
    It's a seventeenth century house.

    The primary stress falls on the first syllable of these words because they are used attributively. This change occurs in double stressed words (i.e. they have a primary and a secondary stress)

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