Word Stress

by Mersh

What is the word stress for the following words: "above", "before", "rebel(noun)", "rebel(verb)", "possible"?

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Dec 08, 2010
Word stress
by: Charles Becker Accent Reduction Specialist

Hello Jeddah,

Good question!
There are rules for two syllable words:

Two syllable nouns are usually stressed on the first syllable.

Two syllable verbs may be stressed on either the first or second syllable but if the verb begins with a Latin prefix, we stress the root not the prefix.

So we stress the second syllable for "rebel" (verb)and the first syllable of "rebel" (noun).

The same is true for prepositions which begin with Latin prefixes- so we stress the second syllable for "above and "before".
"Possible" has primary stress on the first syllable as do most three syllable adjectives.

There are more important rules for syllable stress which you can find on my accent reduction course in mp3-Best Accent Training" on sale here at this website! Check it out!!

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