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SS1: ENGLISH LANGUAGE - 3RD TERM

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Lesson 8, Topic 1
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Speech Work: Words of Four Syllables Stressed on the Second and Third

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1. Words of Four Syllables Stressed on the Second

Rule I

Stress the second syllable of a word which ends in “ate” if the word has four syllables. Examples include comMUnicate, huMIliate, eFFEminate, eLIminate, deGEnerate, deEScalate, deFOliate, conSOlidate, conGRAtulate, deCElerate, conFEderate, conGLOmerate, deBIlitate.

Rule II

Stress the second syllable of a word which ends in “ical” if the word has four syllables.

 Examples are geoMEtrical, hisTOrical, poLItical, iLLOgical, meTHOdical, geoGRAphical, faNAtical, reCIprocal, geoLOgical.

Rule III

Stress the second syllable of a word which ends in “ity” if the word has four  syllables.

Examples are maTERnity, aBIlity, inTEgrity, eTERnity, reAlity, aMEnity.

Rule IV

Stress the second  syllable of a word which ends in “-ble” if:

a. the word has four or more syllables,

and

b. the first syllable is either a single letter or a prefix. Examples are aCCEptable, aFFORdable, aTTAInable, aGREEable, iLLEgible, iLLImitable, inFAllible, inFLAmmable, inSAtiable, inSCRUtable, inSUfferable, inDOmitable, inDUbitable, inTElligible, imPOssible, coMMENdable, deSIrable, reMARkable, reSPONsible.

Rule V

Stress the second syllable of a word which ends in “-gy” or “-phy” if the word has four syllables. Examples are geOLogy, biOLogy, fiLOLogy, petTROlogy, phoNOlogy, meTAllurgy, tyPOlogy, zoOlogy, eCOlogy, psePHOlogy, psyCHOlogy, phoTOgraphy, orTHOgraphy, biOgraphy, geOgraphy,

2. Words of Four Syllables Stressed on the Third

Rule I

Stress the third syllable of a word which ends in “-ic” if the word has four syllables.

Examples are idioMAtic, phonoGRAphic, demoCRAtic, optiMIStic, ecoNOmic, acaDEmic, humaNIStic, epiDEmic, periOdic,

Rule II

Stress the third syllable of a word which ends in “-ion” or “-tion” if the word has four syllables.

Examples are occuPAtion, segreGAtion, eduCAtion, jubiLAtion, repeTItion, repuTAtion, hesiTAtion, alloCAtion

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