Unstressed – lack of emphasis on a syllable

Unstressed is when a syllable does not have emphasis placed on it. An unstressed syllable is a shorter, quieter sound.

Unstressed is resting in a “U” in shorts (short sound).

The U is used to indicate an unstressed syllable (see examples below).

Unstressed = short (shorter sound)

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Unaccented

U (the U shape)

Two unstressed syllables in a row, interspersed with other words, are called pyrrhic (see the page Types of feet)

Examples

Two unstressed syllables in a row can appear in words such as: