English Grammar Index
Stress is the word for the strength with which syllables are pronounced. In speech, some parts of English words and sentences sound much louder than others. For example, the first syllable of CARpet, the second syllable of inSPECtion or the last syllable of conFUSE are usually stressed while the other syllables in these words are not. In the sentence, Don’t look at HIM. HE didn’t do it, the words HIM and HE are stressed in order to emphasise them. Stressed syllables are not only louder, they may be pronounced on a higher pitch.
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