How is the word `content’ pronounced?

It can be pronounced in two different ways, and the pronunciation depends on how the word is used. If you use the word as a noun, then the stress is on the first syllable. For example, if you are talking about the `contents’ of a suitcase or a book, then the `o’ is pronounced like the `o’ in `con’, `continent’ and `confidence’. The second syllable is pronounced like the word `tent’; the stress is on the first syllable. If, on the other hand, you use the word either as an adjective or a verb, then the stress is on the second syllable. For example, if you are talking about how happy or content you are with life, then the `o’ in the first syllable is like the `a’ in `china’. The following syllable is pronounced like the word `tent’.

*There was no content (CONtent) in any of the presentations the students made. *The students were content (conTENT) to sleep in the veranda. *Mariam contented (conTENTed) herself eating peanuts and drinking milk.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 08, 2006

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