English Accent and Usage: Stress on Content words
Shows how stress is important part of English Accent
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English accent and usage. Hi, Iím Dr. Frank Gerace. You know, stress is an important part of the English language. Itís a big difference between many other languages which stress all syllables equally. In English, only the most important parts of the word get accented.
Compare these two sentences: The beautiful mountain of [inaudible] fixed in the distance. Another sentence: He can come on Sundays as long as he doesnít have to do any homework in the evening. If you time these, youíll see that both of these sentences take about the same time to be read, to be pronounced. But the first sentence has many fewer words because each word is a content word, an important word and gets the stress in English. In the second sentence, they are less important words, theyíre helping words, and they go bouncing right by. So to get the right sound of English, you have to know the difference between how to stress the words.
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