One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The penultimate syllable of a word.
- ‘If the ultima is long, and if the penult is accented, then it must be acute.’
- ‘The first places stress either on the penult of the stem (orIGin-al, with source ORigin; VIRgin-al and proFESSion-al already have the stress on this syllable in the source), or on the final syllable (diaLECTal, with source DIalect).’
- ‘The main characteristic regarding accent in Japanese is that the highest accent is on the penult (second to the last syllable).’
- archaic term for penultimate
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