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Syllable Stress

Study syllable stress with these prefixes. The bold syllables are stressed. If the words are in red, the prefix is stressed. You will notice that this is not as common as having the stress on a different syllable.

Prefix
Meaning
Examples



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anti
against
anticipate, antipathy, antifreeze, antidote, anticlimax, antigravity, antidemocratic, antidepressant
be
on, around
beside, behind, before
com
with, together
commit, computer, compose, compete, complain, comprehend
complicate, compass, company
con
with, together
construct, consist, console, conserve, consider, condition, configure
conscience, consonant, conquer, constitute
de
removal, reversal, separation
delete, design, describe, descent, device, dependent, destroy
detail, deviate
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em
to make, get
empower, emporium, employ, embody
empathize, empathy
en
to make, get,
to cause to be in
enable, entire, environment, entitle, encourage
energy, entropy
dis
not
disappear, disappoint, discovery, distribute, discriminate, disgusting, distinct, display
distant, discount*
il
not
illogical, illuminate, illegal
illustrate
in
not, in, into
include, incomplete, independent, indifferent, inefficient, infect, inform,
injury, incident, indicate, infant, input, inquest, infinite
increase*
* If a word is both a noun and a verb, you will usually stress the first syllable in the noun and the second syllable in the verb. That is true for these words. Notice that "display" is an exception to this rule.

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