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VO4TA: Stresses

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VO4TA: Stresses

 

The word “until” has a fairly consistent rhythm of stresses. “un-TIL”.  So does “AN-ger”.  And “per-MIS-sion”. We know and hear these words often. So they roll out easy.

 

What about new words?   Say a brand like  “Vivitrol”.

 

It’s intended to be read as “VIV-i-trol”.  Accent on the first syllable. There are several YouTube videos where people pronounce it.

 

But seeing words on paper first without hearing it can fix us into a certain sound.  Say you can't keep the accent from resting on the last syllable “viv-I-TROL”.  Or the second.  “vi-VI-trol” Then what?

 

Find another word, a common word where the stresses are identical.  “AN-y-thing” - “VIV-i-trol” or “STRAW-ber-ry” “VIV-i-trol”. Or “EV-ry-thing” (Don’t you get technical with me.  It’s the way most Americans say it.). “EV-ry-thing” “VIV-i-trol”

 

See if that helps.  

 

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