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English Pronunciation: Syllable Stress in Business Words

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Look at the chart to review syllable stress in words related to business.

Notice some trends: with verbs, we often stress the 2nd syllable, though we do stress the 1st syllable sometimes. With words that end in "tion," the stress often comes on the syllable before "tion." With adjectives and other related words, the stress is not very dependable.

Because so many languages have contributed to English, learning syllable stress is a word-by-word process. If you are an advanced speaker, it is wise to learn the major forms of new words, especially the noun, verb and adjective (if the word has all three). Most adverbs have the same stress as the adjective.

Syllable stress is an important study. For a native speaker, it is learned swiftly during childhood or teenage years and becomes unconscious knowledge. If you notice that a stranger did not understand you, research the syllable stress.

Study the words below. Then practice with this business conversation.




Noun

Verb

Adjective

Related Word

market market marketable marketer

finance finance or finance financial financially

manager manage managerial management

product produce productive productivity

process
process
------------------------
procession

project
project
projectable
projection

decision decide decisive decisively

corporation incorporate corporate multicorporation

competition compete competitive competitively

motivation motivate motivational motivator

application apply --------------------- applicable or applicable

facilitation
facilitate
facile
facilely

communication communicate communicative uncommunicative

advertisement
or advertisement
advertise
advertisable
advertising
technology ------------------ technological high tech

object
object
objective*
objectivity
*this word is both an adjective and a noun






Study syllable stress with a video lesson:
500 Common Words Syllable Stress.

Learn about syllable stress in phrases:
Common Phrases.

Learn 5 rules on stressing words in sentences:
Word Stress.






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