How do I know which syllable to stress?

You understand that using the correct syllable stress in critical.

However, knowing WHICH syllable to stress is not so easy.

In fact, one of the most common questions that people ask me is: Susan, how do I know which syllable to stress?

The Three Consonant Rule

The three consonant rule

When a word ends with three consonant sounds, native speakers will drop the middle sound. This makes these words easier to pronounce.

When to stress the last syllable

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When to stress the last syllable in a word? Many words that arrived in American English from French are stressed on the final syllable or suffix. Here are some of the most common.