Unit 17. 'Hair-,raising and ,Hard-'working.
Stress in Compound Adjectives and in Abbreviations.
Unit 17; Part A
Unit 17; Part B
Unit 17; Part C
|Two-, three- and four-letter abbreviations said as individualletters often have main stress on the last letter and secondary stresson the first:|
the ,E'U the ,U'K the ,BB'C ,DN'A the ,YMC'A
Abbreviations like this usually have stress shift. Compare:
He works for the BBC. but: He works for BBC RAdio.
She's from the UK. but: She's a UK CITizen.
Do these compound adjectives have main stress in their first part or their second part? Underline the syllable with main stress.
Now listen and check your answers. Then say the compounds aloud. Whichone is an exception to the rules given in B and C opposite?
|Read the profile of Sarah Fox. Focus on the compound adjectives inbold (some are given in B and C opposite) and circle the syllable youthink will have main stress. Remember some have stress shift.|
Now listen and check your answers. Finally, read the description aloud.
Do you know the meaning of the abbreviations in column A? If not,check in a dictionary or the Key. Then listen to the abbreviations andrepeat them. Notice that the main stress is always on the last letter.Finally, choose an appropriate abbreviation from each pair to completethe sentence in column B.
Now listen and check your answers. Finally, say the sentences aloud. The Key gives details of stress shift.
Follow up: Skim through an English newspaper (either a paper copy oronline), and find compound adjectives. Do you know where the mainstress is in each of them? (Use a dictionary to check.)
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