3 Syllable Word Stress

Listen to these words – which word has a different stress pattern to the others?

believer, nobody, repeated, completion

‘Nobody’ has first syllable stress and the other words have second syllable stress.

Which stress patterns are possible on 3 syllable words?

  • 3 syllable words can have their main stress on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd syllable.

DRILL

Repeat the following:

1st Syllable Stress: carnival, yesterday, somebody, anyone, parliament, octopus


2nd Syllable Stress: correction, religion, Crimean, delicious, museum, collection


3rd Syllable Stress: Portuguese, employee, engineer, domineer, amputee, volunteer

EXERCISE

Find the odd one out looking at the stress patterns in each word:

A. abundant, lieutenant, protestant, flamboyant
B. curious, religious, curvaceous, ambitious
C. breathlessness, carelessness, aloofness, awesomeness
D. ambition, courageous, partition, clarify
E. suggestion, repeating, actually, misfortune

answers:
A. abundant, lieutenant, protestant, flamboyant
B. curious, religious, curvaceous, ambitious
C. breathlessness, carelessness, aloofness, awesomeness
D. ambition, courageous, partition, clarify
E. suggestion, repeating, actually, misfortune
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