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    how to remember such accent location

    Hi, Teachers.

    I met some words that have similar spellings but different accent locations.
    For example, the accent of 'neurological' is on the third syllable while the one of 'neurologist' is on the second syllable.

    Is there any reason for such accent position shift? Or any general rule or tip for learners to remember it?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia ^_^
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    Re: how to remember such accent location

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, Teachers.

    I met some words that have similar spellings but different accent locations.
    For example, the accent of neurological is on the third syllable while the one of neurologist is on the second syllable.

    Is there any reason for such accent position shift? Or any general rule or tip for learners to remember it? I wouldn't worry too much about accent locations; for most words it's not very important, and the two words you asked about are good examples of that.
    Reasonably correct pronunciation is more important.


    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia ^_^
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    Re: how to remember such accent location

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    Do you mean it's not very important whether I make some mistakes in such words?

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    Re: how to remember such accent location

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, Teachers.

    I met some words that have similar spellings but different accent locations.
    For example, the accent of 'neurological' is on the third syllable while the one of 'neurologist' is on the second syllable.

    Is there any reason for such accent position shift? Or any general rule or tip for learners to remember it?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia ^_^
    I think it's important to get the stress right - it's part of the pronunciation.
    You'll notice that there are patterns, which you'll learn with experience, but you'll only learn them if you take note of them. It's difficult changing the stress if you've memorised it wrongly.
    Here are some patterns:
    melody/melodic; symphony/symphonic; harmony/harmonic.
    photograph/photography/photographic; <X>ograph/<X>ography/<X>ographic.
    sense/sensation; deprive/deprivation; depose/deposition
    civil/civility; positive/positivity; hostile/hostility; native/nativity

    [ I was trying to buy a raincoat in Venice once. I kept pronouncing it soprabito. It took ten minutes and three salesmen to discover that I wanted a soprabito. (Maybe they were just pretending not to understand) But I've never underestimated the importance of word stress since then.]

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    Re: how to remember such accent location

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I think it's important to get the stress right - it's part of the pronunciation.
    You'll notice that there are patterns, which you'll learn with experience, but you'll only learn them if you take note of them. It's difficult changing the stress if you've memorised it wrongly.
    Here are some patterns:
    melody/melodic; symphony/symphonic; harmony/harmonic.
    photograph/photography/photographic; <X>ograph/<X>ography/<X>ographic.
    sense/sensation; deprive/deprivation; depose/deposition
    civil/civility; positive/positivity; hostile/hostility; native/nativity

    [ I was trying to buy a raincoat in Venice once. I kept pronouncing it soprabito. It took ten minutes and three salesmen to discover that I wanted a soprabito. (Maybe they were just pretending not to understand) But I've never underestimated the importance of word stress since then.]
    Very helpful.

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: how to remember such accent location

    As English is a mixture of languages and doesn't use accents or diacritics, the dictionary and plenty of exposure are the best tips.

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    Re: how to remember such accent location

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As English is a mixture of languages and doesn't use accents or diacritics, the dictionary and plenty of exposure are the best tips.
    Does the stress have something to do with phonics?

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