Pronunciation of words ending in -tion, -cian, -sion

Did you know that all the words that end in -tion, -cian, -sion have the same stress pattern?


Do you know what stress is? Some people call the stress the accent. It means that one syllable is pronounced louder and longer than the others.


RULE: Words ending in -tion, -sion, -cian are all stressed right before that ending.


So for example (the capital letters indicate the stressed syllable):

transLAtion

inforMAtion

muSIcian

VIsion

NAtion

beauTIcian

perMIssion

compreHENsion

eduCAtion

graduAtion


Try pronouncing these words. Say the stressed syllable louder and longer. Can you hear how they all have the same pattern? Then think of some more words you know that end in -tion, -sion, or -cian. I bet you can think of quite a few--there are so many of them! Then see if you can figure out how to pronounce them. Hope you enjoyed this pronunciation tip! Keep on learning English!

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