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Video: Dropping Syllables

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You may have noticed that American English speakers sometimes cut syllables from words. In three-syllable words—FAM-i-ly—where the first syllable is stressed and the second and third syllables aren't, we drop the second syllable: FAM-ly. 

Business: BUS-ness 

Personal: PERS-nal

Interest: INT-rest

Memory: MEM-ry

Conference: CONF-rence
 

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