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  1. Rivindei

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    :confused: What is a penultimate stress?
     
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    Not sure something to do with english and the way we stress a word.
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    I'm notorious for giving the long answer, and you're in for one, so brace yourself:

    Consider first the word peninsula. It breaks down into two pieces, both from Latin: insula 'island' (which also gives us the words insular 'isolated' and insulin 'hormone made by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas'), and pen 'almost'.

    Now have a look at penultimate. This word breaks down into three pieces: ultima 'last', -ate 'suffix that forms adjectives'... and pen, which we already know. Put 'em together, and what do you get? Pen-ultima-(a)te 'almost last'.

    So penultimate stress in a word is stress on the next to last syllable. The word indication has penultimate stress: indiCAtion.

    Now take a guess as to what antepenultimate stress would be, and think of an example.
     
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    Stressing the next to last sylable.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    meatball77, were you answering the original poster, or me?
     
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    the OP
     
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    Good.
     
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    Thanks for your responses!

    TeacherGroupie...the antepenulitmate stress would be stress before the second to last syllable or the third syllable from the end. Correct?
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Yes, indeed! The word indicative take antepenultimate stress: in-DIC-a-tive.

    Chocolate to you, Rivindei. And thanks for playing along with my geekery.
     
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    Penultimate stress? The day before the last day of school- getting report cards done, last minute changes to class lists, do I have the gifts for my room moms, will I get the students' 'permanent records' done today, 19 excited but sad to leave me second graders, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork....:eek:
     
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    You guys are soooo smart. I am impressed!
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Oh, czacza; waaaay too cute!
     
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    :D My Life is complete now if I ever see the word
    penultimate in Trivial Pursuit or on Jeopardy I will know the answer. :D

    All kidding aside you are a wordsmith TeacherGroupie!
    :wow:
     

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