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Are native speakers concerned with stresses on words when speaking? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 1:11:10 AM
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In every English word with more than one syllable, there is a stress on one syllable. I wonder whether native speakers are concerned with such stresses when speaking.

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dispossessed
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:45:58 AM

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Yes, it does matter . . . . it is possible to be understood if the stresses are used incorrectly, but more shades of meaning can be found if the stresses are used correctly, and it sounds more 'natural' to the native speaker if the usual stresses are used.

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NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 9:01:20 AM

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YES! The placement of the stresses in multi-syllable words is important. The lack of stress, or an incorrectly stressed word, makes it difficult to understand what the speaker is saying. When many words are pronounced incorrectly, it makes it hard to understand anything the speaker says.

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