-AL, LE, and -EL Words Start Practicing!

AL, LE, EL, and IL

These words have stress on the 1st syllable.


The -il ending is not used as often, but it has the same sound as the endings above, the –ul sound. Examples are evil and pencil

Words with the -al ending that have stress on the 2nd syllable: historically, original, potential, specifically, upheaval and withdrawal

Stress the 3rd syllable: hypothetically.

Note: the –cally ending usually sounds like –klee. The A sound is very reduced.

Exceptions: As with most rules, the sound is not reduced if it falls on the stress, as in clientelle and parallel. The word parallel is usually stressed on the first syllable nowadays, but in its original form, it was stressed on the 3rd syllable. Stressing the 3rd syllable is still acceptable today also. 

Note on L after Long Vowels: You will also hear a small u sound (as in up) when a word ends in a long vowel + L as in saleheal and juvenile. This is a transitional sound that naturally occurs before a final L. Think sa(u)l, hee(u)l and juveni(u)l

750 Business WordsSchwa with L Main Page
* http://www.speakmethod.com is a part of I.E. Tutoring, Seattle, WA, which holds the copyright to all materials. Subscribers may print images and pages for individual use, but not for commercial use or distribution. *

Success! You're on the list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s