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Saturday January 10th, 2009
I recommend that you listen to podcast #14 and 15, before using this one, if you haven't already.
In last week's podcast, we learned about a group of suffixes which do not affect the stress of the root word.
Photograph, photgraphy and photographic all contain the same root- photograph, and yet each of them is different in terms of where the stress falls.
Photograph photography photgraphic
Why is this?
The reason the stress is moving is due to the suffix of each word. There are certain suffixes which will determine where the stress falls.
Whenever you see the suffix, graphy the stress willl fall right before the suffix, one syllable before.
Whenever you see the suffix ic the stress will fall immediately before the suffix.
Here are some important suffixes for which the stress falls immediately before the suffix:
cial, tion and ic
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following suffixes and words.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following pairs of words.
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The economy follows certain rules of economics.
Again, if you can remember the syllable stress of a word just by feeling the rhythm, musically, that's good! I definitely encourage you to try to learn that way. At the same time, it's good to know these rules for reference and knowledge, in case you have to figure out the syllable stress of a new word.
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