One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The strongest accent in a word or breath group.Compare with secondary stress
- ‘The unstressed syllables don't matter as long as the number of primary stresses remains constant from line to line.’
- ‘A secondary stress after the primary stress is an unreduced syllable in the tail of the tone group.’
- ‘The secondary stress can precede or follow the primary stress, and there need not be an intervening syllable.’
- ‘To discover where primary stress goes in the words in this exercise, speak each word aloud and place special emphasis on the syllable that you think should be stressed.’
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