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  1. Konnie Ridout

    What is the word?

    My chinese friend asked me about "accenting syllables". I am an old boomer
    so I know there was word that I was taught to use regarding which syllable
    to weigh heavier than another in a word. I just can't remember the exact word.
    I have asked others, and accent, stress, accentuate, articulate, etc is not the exact
    word I am trying to remember.

    I am not a teacher by the way..........

    thanks, this is driving me crazy.

    konnie in Indiana

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    Re: What is the word?

    In every word in English, there is one main emphasized syllable. The vowel sound in this syllable sounds higher in pitch, longer, and louder, and this is called stress. This helps create the rhythm of the language, and knowing how to recognize the stressed syllable will help you with comprehension. Placing the stress where it should be when you're speaking helps native speakers understand you better as well.
    Is this what you were looking for?

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    Re: What is the word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Konnie Ridout View Post
    My chinese friend asked me about "accenting syllables".
    Would you be referring to verse?
    if so, maybe you want scan
    as in This line doesn't scan - it's got too many syllables.


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