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    Question about 'offence', where to put stress

    Hallo,

    Yesterday I heard the word 'offence' pronounced by an American with stress on the 1st syllable (the meaning was the attacking part of a sports team). I always thought it has stress on the 2nd syllable. Correct me if I'm wrong, please.

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    Re: Question about 'offence', where to put stress

    Yep, when you're talking football, the words are
    offense and
    defense

    But not in this story:
    A teacher asked a pupil to make up a sentence using the three words defeat, defense, and detail. The kid said: I watched a donkey jump a fence. De feet went over de fence before de tail.

    (I underlined where the accent falls, but you already knew that, didn't you?)

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    Re: Question about 'offence', where to put stress

    Also pronounce the word offence as "Off + ence" when the first syllable is stressed. (the first vowel sound is the same as in the word "off")
    Aint it a shame you cant say fu_ck?
    Fu_ck is just a word and it's all fu_cked up.

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    Re: Question about 'offence', where to put stress

    It's stressed on the second syllable when it means breaking a law or doing something insulting. The first syllable stress means an attacking team or battle effort, as mentioned above.
    Пожалуйста, исправляйте мои ошибки.

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    Re: Question about 'offence', where to put stress

    Thank you so much all,

    didn't even know about defense)

    Something new every day)

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