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English Accent and Usage: Stress in Two-Word groups
Examples of how groups of two words are stressed in English
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English Accent and usage. Hi, I’m Dr. Frank Gerace. You know, there a lot of pairs words in English that are pronounced differently according to their meaning. That’s because in English, we stress the most important word in a sentence, but we also stress the most important idea in a word. For example, we say, “The White House”, we’re stressing the first syllable because we are stressing that it is white because that’s where the President lives. But if we say, “a white house”, that means just anybody’s house that happens to be painted white, we’re stressing the most important idea in that particular use of the word; the most important idea is house. The same thing with the darkroom, a darkroom is where the photographer works, it’s important that it be dark. But if it’s a dark room; that just happens top be a room that doesn’t have the lights on. So be aware of that, the most important ideas in English are stressed, do this and you will improve your accent.
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