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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
When the syllable stress moves from the first to the second syllable, the part of speech usually changes from:

The syllable shift rule applies to all two-syllable words in the English language.

If your passport expires, it becomes:

The policeman was interviewing:

I was out shopping with my friend, and she disappeared. Why did she _______ me?

The quality control worker in the factory picked up a _______ and threw it into the garbage.

When I was a teenager, I used to buy a new rock _______ every week.

They have closed the main _______ to the building. We will have to use the back door.

Looking at the expression on your face, I _______ that you haven't done your homework.

The hypnotist tried to _______ me, but he didn't succeed.


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92 Comments on “Change word meanings with SYLLABLE STRESS”


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SUPER! This is a perfect lesson for me, can you tape more videos like this one please, and one more thing can you talk about pairs, talking about pairs is to complicated for me, a pant is one piece, not a pair of pants “those are two pieces” Thank you so much.

Friday, January 8th 2016

    Hi Gill, how’ve you been? In today’s lesson you touch upon two important aspects of pronunciation -word stress and sound reduction- that are seldom addressed by teachers in the language classroom.

    Thanks for sharing this resource list with us Gill. You did a great job.

    Ciao!

    Saturday, January 9th 2016

Hi teacher. thank you very much. helpful .

Friday, January 8th 2016

It was very usefull for me. Thanks.

Friday, January 8th 2016

PERfect, I dare say. Thanks a lot.

Friday, January 8th 2016

Your speech is always a lot understandable. Your teaching is very clear and will be useful…
I am going to put much attention when I will talk about my CONsole or when I will have to conSOLE some my friend :)))
Take care Gill !
Bye to each guys that follow EngVid

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thank you! Great.

Friday, January 8th 2016

Hi teacher.this lesson is very helpful.thank you

Friday, January 8th 2016

You were so perfect with this presentation!!..
thank you for this kind of lesson with your effort to forward us..
Really It is going to be very useful Mrs Gill!!…

Friday, January 8th 2016

Super comprehensive. I’m glad you did this!

Friday, January 8th 2016

    I agree with Alex. The explanation is incomparable.

    Friday, January 8th 2016

    Thanks Alex :-)

    Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thanks a lot, Gill! Very useful lesson! :)

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thank you so much, this lesson is very helpul. Great!!!!

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thanks a lot Gill!!I´m really enTRANCED with your lessons. Your pronunciation is soooo good and clear :)
And….what about the words Offer and oFFER???As far as I´ve studied, it´s the same case, isn´t it???

Friday, January 8th 2016

    Hi knopfler86 — thanks for your question. In fact the word ‘offer’ always has the stress on the first syllable, and can be used as a verb and a noun. The change of stress ‘phenomenon’ which I cover in the lesson doesn’t apply to every word, but only to a few particular ones.

    Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thank you very much. Very helpful.

Friday, January 8th 2016

That’s was great. Thanks for such an useful thing.

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thank you Gill!!! It’s really useful. xxx

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thank you, Gill. This was the matter I needed the most right now! It’s really helpful and comprehensive video lesson.

Friday, January 8th 2016

I had 9 out of 10! I thought i was going to have a fewer score. Thanks for the lesson Teacher Gill!

Friday, January 8th 2016

Where did you say is the document that con-TAINS this lesson?

Friday, January 8th 2016

I alwais enjoy wathing your lessons. You explain very clear. They are free from stupid jokes. Also you attract me with high moral manners.

Friday, January 8th 2016

    I alwais enjoy watching your lessons. You explain very clear. They are free from stupid jokes. Also you attract me with high moral manners.

    Friday, January 8th 2016

Very helpful lesson. Thank you!

Friday, January 8th 2016

Gill is an excellent teacher.

Friday, January 8th 2016

Thanks a lot.

Saturday, January 9th 2016

Hello Gill,
Simple understanding..

Saturday, January 9th 2016

thank you for your teaching

Saturday, January 9th 2016

I’ve been always missing the differences of them. A big thank to the instructor.

Saturday, January 9th 2016

Perfect! Thank you!

Saturday, January 9th 2016

i really like your lessons and your way Gill. I recommend your videos to my friends. thanks a lot :)

Saturday, January 9th 2016

The lesson is perfect but some words I can’t sound the different like ” import”

Sunday, January 10th 2016

Hello GILL ,
Thank you for this so useful lesson .
I’d like to know if a stressed syllable must be told only louder or louder and longer . Can you answer my question please ?
Thank , see you

Sunday, January 10th 2016

    Hi tsamp, and thanks for your question. The stressing of a syllable involves both a louder sound and a longer vowel, but the difference between this and the unstressed syllable is only slight. I think the combination of stressed and unstressed syllables happens in all languages. It’s like in musical rhythm, where some notes are stressed more strongly and some less strongly. I hope this helps :-)

    Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Great video Gill! It’s been helping me a lot. :)

Sunday, January 10th 2016

Best compliments, Gill.Thanks.

Sunday, January 10th 2016

Tks Gill!!! I loved it!

Sunday, January 10th 2016

The quality control worker in the factory picked up a _______ and threw it into the garbage.
what is the answer of this question, REF-use or RE-ject?
can you explain why RE-ject

Monday, January 11th 2016

    REfuse is an idea thing while REject is generally a substantial thing. That is my memo to memorize the diffrence.
    In case of doubt the unpleasant action of consulting the dictinary remains the only available option.

    Monday, January 11th 2016

    I forgot to say Thanks to Mrs.Gill for this wonderful lesson, which was very useful for me.

    But still I couldn’t understand why we can not use REFUSE for above question of quiz….

    Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thank you Gill

Monday, January 11th 2016

Great!!!

Monday, January 11th 2016

Thanks a lot Gill… PER-fect explanation! Mariangela

Monday, January 11th 2016

Thanks Gill, the lesson is really interesting and useful.
I have a doubt about the word Support.
A friend of mine told me the word Support is pronounced at the same way both as a noun and as a verb. Is that true?

Monday, January 11th 2016

    Hi pier — thanks for your question. Yes, the word support is always stressed on the second syllable. Please see my answer to knopfler86 for more details :-)

    Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thanks a million Madam!it was a nice lesson as usual, i think the pronunciation is so important to master in any language, sometimes we use some words in a wrong way which maybe gives a totally different meanings e.g, i confused between the words”right [raɪt] and riot | ‘raɪət] ” when i had listened to them at first

Monday, January 11th 2016

Dear Professor Lady,
Great! Useful! Practical!
Is there any further rules in changing the prefixes pronunciation as in REcord vs reCORD?
Maybe there is a technique to learn this diffculty without consulting each word in dictionary.
Please come for rescue, Lady Teacher!
Thanks in advance.

Monday, January 11th 2016

    Hi MKJMKJ — thanks for your question. There isn’t really a rule to follow, as the words and their meanings have just evolved over the centuries. It’s like all vocabulary, you just have to learn each word individually. But this stress rule only applies to a small number of words — please see my answers above. All the best with your studies :-)

    Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Gill ~thanks a lot~!

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Very interesting how it changes the meaning of words.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Dear Professor,
Thank you for your comment. All your comments extend the understanding of this stress issue.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thanks a lot.
I got it clearly.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Hi teacher,Thank you so much, It’s a great lesson for me .

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Hi,Gil! You’re great

I always get confused with the pronunciation of

this word: ADDress and AddRESS.

I’m sure you can help me. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thank you Gill! Nice explanation, very clear and we have learned new vocabulary too. Might you explain other rules like: graduate, to graduate; ultimate, to ultimate, etc. I am confused with this rule. Thank you Gill

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Staying English

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Grand lesson, Gill! Thank you VERY MUCH!
It helps a lot when you’re speaking. I’ll print out the resource sheet.

See ya! ;)

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

How are you? Gill. I like your lessons so much. You speak English so clearly and beautifully. Thank you for what you have done for us.There is one thing that I need your help. My daughter is going to study in USA as an exchange student. As her parents, we are asked to write a letter to her host family. Will you be kind enough to help us check the following letter of recommendation. We are not good at English, so we want to find someone to do proofreading for us. Appreciate your help so much if you can give us a hand. The letter goes as follows:
Dear Host Family:
Thank you for hosting our daughter!
In the upcoming year, Xia Shuyan will have the honor to be a member of your family. Thank you for your acceptance. We surely believe she will adapt herself to a strange environment with your kind help and have a good time there because of your selfless care.
Our daughter is an independent and sensible child. She has been a boarding student for her junior and senior high school. As a result, her life self-care ability is good. She has many good friends in school and participates in many activities.
As for her hobbies, she likes the chess, ice skating, riding a bicycle, calligraphy, painting as well as carving rubber-stamps. What’s more, she enjoys listening to music and watching movies. Besides, she is interested in charitable donations and she likes to organize the parties. She also prefers to go to the library to read a book with her good friend for the weekend homework as well as help the librarian with books. In a word, She is a happy, confident, good-hearted girl who is ready to help others.
Xia Shuyan is our only daughter. We love her so much. She treats us as her friends and often chats with us about her teachers and friends as well as her gains and difficulties in learning when she goes home at weekends. During summer and winter vacations, she will bring gifts to visit her grandparents. She loves them very much and always helps them do household chores, such as cleaning the yard; she has eight cousins, and they are all good friends. In the vacation they will go out for shopping, outing and have a dinner together.
Our daughter is going to be a grade 12 student. She has prepared for studying abroad since she was in the tenth grade. So she studies very hard at ordinary times and she is good at her subjects, especially in mathematics. Therefore, she wants to choose Finance or Accounting as her major in a university in the future. Now she is going to study in an American high school as an exchange student and hopes one day she can take SAT and be successful in applying to a university in the United States. Of course, it all depends on her own efforts; we believe she will be able to achieve her goals.
Our daughter is coming to your loving home, and she will be very excited. However, due to the differences between the cultures of the two countries, maybe she will bring you some unexpected inconvenient while staying with you. We hope that you can help and educate her to improve her ability of living and learning in the United States and let her really get into the society of the United States. For the coming year in the United States, you will be the most important person to her and her life there and you are her parents forever in the United States.
As parents of the Xia Shuyan, We sincerely thank you for anything you will do for my daughter. This experience will certainly make her life more colorful and better! We also sincerely hope that your family will have an opportunity to come to China and live in our home, so you can appreciate Chinese culture and feel our hospitality.
Thank you once again for anything. Wish you a good and happy life!

Yours sincerely,
Xia Shuyan’s parents

Wednesday, January 13th 2016

thanks you it is very useful i need this in my study gell good wishes

Thursday, January 14th 2016

Hi. Thanks for your Reply, but I still can log on to engvid. Haven´t you deleted my profile yet?

Friday, January 15th 2016

thanks a lot Gill. I’l look forward your lessons.

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thanks :)

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thanks, Gill!

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thank you Gill, Great,
I wanted to ask that is it useful in American pronunciation too, ?

I think more in British pronunciation.

Please answer to me .

Saturday, January 16th 2016

thank you so much
am a new here and am enjoy <<

Monday, January 18th 2016

Thank a lot,Gill! I enyoy all your lessons,thank you very much!

Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Sorry-enjoy

Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Thank you Gill

Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Thank you very much teacher Gill, this lesson has been very helpful!

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

Thanks, Gill, for this very useful lesson!

I´m very conTENT, more than this, very happy, with all this lesson and document’s CONtents. PERfect to us to perFECT our English.

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

I don`t know how but I got 100% scored, lol Definitely was the good explanation…
Its so confused, I think just leaving in a English speaker country you get these nuances. Thanks Gil for your explanation

Friday, January 22nd 2016

Thank you Gill

Friday, January 22nd 2016

great lesson , thanks alot Madam … you are awesome

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

really i’ts a very useful lesson and i’d like to tells you … i like your way of speaking and teaching too , its very easy ,and useful too .
i have a request.. could you suggest to me a SIMPLE BOOK to read , which could develop our language ..
thank you .. Basem

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

I’m so enTRANCED by all your lessons.Thank you very much and best wishes to you.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

it is very helpful for me.thanks a lot.

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

A very important lesson,, Thank you very much Gill.

Wednesday, February 10th 2016

I didnt know nothing about it, but tonight you helped me so much your, thanks Gill, bye for now !

Friday, February 12th 2016

Thanks a lot,Gill!
You’re very instrumental in helping us to improve our english skills.Please, keep up with this style of teaching.

Saturday, February 20th 2016

I’d like you adopted me as grandson. You are so cute! hahaha

Sunday, February 21st 2016

Hi, Gill!

Help me out on this one, please!

Is there the difference between the adjective ‘suspect’ and ‘suspicious’? When a person is suspicious, and when they are suspect.
What I managed to learn is that when a person is suspicious, they have doubts about something or someone, or they are sceptical, but when they are suspect, it means that they are the ones people are suspicious of. Did I get this right?
They are used as synonyms as well, that’s what confuses me the most, but they don’t happen to be.

Thursday, March 24th 2016

Incredibly useful lesson.
Thanks a lot:)

Sunday, March 27th 2016

Great, thank you so much.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

10/10 Pleasant lesson as usual. Thanks Gill!

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

Thanks. I understood clearly.

Saturday, May 14th 2016

That was a very nice lesson!! Thanks a million, Gill!!
So kind of you!!

Monday, May 16th 2016

thaaaaaanks all thanks ..i love you Gill…note : i got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Saturday, May 28th 2016

Thanks, Gill! We should be careful with the pronunciation in order to prevent misunderstanding.

Monday, June 13th 2016

Oh! I nearly forgot! Thank you very much for the extra paper. It is very helpful and quite thoughtful of yours!

Monday, June 13th 2016

Thank you Gill! I enjoy your lessons and style of teaching. You effective use lessons time and make a hit with your lessons ☺.

Monday, July 11th 2016

thanks Gill for this helpful lesson

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
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