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


Noun: AH-trih-byout or /ˈætrəˌbjut/

Verb: uh-TRIH-byout or /əˈtrɪˌbjut/


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We have heteronyms. These are words that are spelled exactly the same, but different meaning and different pronunciations. The word is attribute which is a noun meaning a feature or a trait or attribute which is the verb meaning regard as being caused by.

So to say these words correctly we’re going to think about word stress here. This is going to be our longest, highest pitched, and loudest syllable in this word. This is a common rule in heteronyms, and nouns the stress falls may may at the beginning, and in verbs it falls mainly at the end of the word.

So we’re stressing that first syllable: again louder, longer, higher.  The other syllables are going to be shorter, softer, and lower in pitch.

So we have attribute attribute attribute.

And now in the verb we have attribute attribute attribute.

So again long, short, short: attribute.

Short, long, short: attribute attribute attribute.

attribute attribute

attribute attribute

attribute attribute

And now for a sentence:

Did the attribute attribute to the researcher’s results?

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