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5.21: Practice with Schwa

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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1. All of the following words contain two vowel sounds, one of which is schwa. In each word mark the vowel sound that has strong stress, and then underline the letters that spell schwa, as we have done with cousin:

\begin{align*}& \text{c}\acute{\text{o}}\text{us\underline{i}n} && \text{trustful} && \text{mission} && \text{pleasant} \\ & \text{human} && \text{succeed} && \text{sentence} && \text{sergeant} \\ & \text{ahead} && \text{purpose} && \text{thousand} && \text{mountain} \\ & \text{against} && \text{agent} && \text{buttons} && \text{jealous}\end{align*}

2. How many of the sixteen words have strong stress on the second vowel? _______

A word with two vowel sounds usually will have strong stress on the first one.

3. Now sort the sixteen words into these groups:

The words with [ə] spelled . . .
\begin{align*}<\text{i}>\end{align*} <io> <ai> <ea> <ou>

4. The mark we use to show strong stress is called an acute accent. The word acute means “sharp” and comes from an old Latin word that meant “needle” — which is what an acute accent looks like. (The word cute comes from the word acute .)

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