3 Syllable Word Stress
3 syllable words in English can have the main stress on any syllable:
FIRST SYLLABLE: carnival /ˈkɑːnɪvᵊl/
SECOND SYLLABLE: delicious /dɪˈlɪʃəs/
THIRD SYLLABLE: engineer /ɛndʒɪˈnɪə/
It is not possible to tell from looking at a 3 syllable word, where the main stress will be. Examples of words with each stress pattern are:
First Syllable Stress
Second Syllable Stress
Third Syllable Stress
For words that have the main stress on the third syllable, the stress can shift to the first syllable in connected speech if there is a stress directly after it in the sentence:
He’s a Portuguese sailor.
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