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Stressed & Unstressed Syllables

They were not very clear, in the Tips and Notes, what exactly a stressed or unstressed syllable is or how it is designated. I think I now know what the accent aigu is in so many of the words. I am assuming that these are designating which syllable is being accented/emphasized/stressed and they are showing this to help with the pronunciation. Is this correct? And if so, which syllable gets pronounced stronger, the one before or after the accent mark?

November 15, 2015

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