Submarine

Francelho

Senior Member
Español de Andalucía
Hello, folks.

Can enyone tell me where to put the stress on the word "submarine" in a standard British speech? You know in the famous Beatles song it sounds clearly "...-subma'rine"... Thank you
 
  • Francelho

    Senior Member
    Español de Andalucía
    Thanks a lot, "chicharrera". But then again, are there two stresses for one word? There must be one strong stress, don't you think?
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Thanks a lot, "chicharrera". But then again, are there two stresses for one word? There must be one strong stress, don't you think?
    Yes: the strong stress, in BrE, is exactly where the Beatles put it - on the last syllable:)

    RabbitEars' RabbitEggs' stress on the second syllable works in BrE for submariners, but not for submarine.



    EDIT: Sorry RabbitEggs:eek:
     
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    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    In thinking about it, it seems that the stress varies in different contexts.

    I'm thinking of SUB-mah-reen sandwiches vs
    A nuclear sub-mah-REEN.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Yes, so do I, now I think about it, When submarine is acting as a a modifier: submarine sandwich, submarine pipeline, submarine photography, the primary stress tends to shift to the first syllable.
     
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