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25. Word stress

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Lesson 25: Word stress

Words that end in a vowel, an s or an n are stressed on the second last syllable.

the potato la papa
the time el tiempo
the exam, the examination el examen
the crisis la crisis

Words that end in consonants other than s or n are stressed on the last syllable.

the truth la verdad
the color el color

Words that do not obey the two rules above, always carry an accent mark on the stressed syllable.

the dad, the father el pa
the relationship la relación
the politics, the policy la potica

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