Pronouncing Compound Words

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edited July 2018 in Speaking

How to pronounce compound words?

Compound words are words formed from two other words. They may have two syllables, like "bathtub", or three syllables, like "butterfly". 

When pronouncing compound words, the accent is on the first syllable the majority of the time. But, because English is English, there are exceptions, usually in compound words starting with a preposition.

For example:


All of these words are pronounced with the stress (the louder part) on the first syllable.

Exceptions include:

outSIDE (or OUTside, both are correct, the same for inSIDE or INside).

When you are speaking, be careful of your pronunciation of common compound words!

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