Learn how to pronounce the words ALTERNATE & ALTERNATE with this American English heteronym pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled exactly the same. They just have a different pronunciation and a different meaning.


Noun: ALL-ter- nit or /ˈɔltɜrnət/

Verb: all-ter-NATE or /ɔltərˈneɪt/


Hey there Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your question of the week.

We have another heteronym today. These have become very popular and I’ve gotten a lot of requests.

We have:

alternate the next choice and

alternate to switch back and forth

Quick review when you have a heteronym we typically stress the beginning of the word for a noun and the end of the word for a verb and we see that here. So for alternate what we are going to do is we are going to stress syllable number one all

all ter nit

all ter nit

alternate alternate alternate

Don’t forget when we have the stressed syllable that’s louder, longer, and higher in pitch; the other syllables need to be shorter, softer, and lower and pitch.

Then for the verb we have alternate alternate alternate alternate and yes we actually get a little bit of a different vowel here because that is a longer vowel.  It’s a little more stressed, we’re going to move our mouth a little more, that makes it all a little bit longer.

alternate alternate alternate alternate

So we have:

alternate alternate

alternate alternate

alternate alternate

And now for a sentence:

The alternate juror had to alternate between notebooks to review the eyewitness accounts.

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