One reason English can be difficult is knowing where the stress is in different words.
Looking at the words below, can you work out the rules?
pretty, happy, funny, people, father, water
increase, import, decrease, insult
refugee, evacuee, entertain, pertain, volunteer, mountaineer, Japanese, journalese, cigarette, courgette
geographic, climatic, invention, prediction
photography, geography, opportunity, tranquility
loudspeaker, second-class, bad-tempered
credit card, shop assistant, living room, post office, dishwasher, suitcase
Now have a look at some rules to help you here, and then take the quiz at the bottom of the page.
How did you do?
Now why not write your own examples using the rules?
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