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words of one syllable

Very simple words; terms that are easy to understand. You're an astrophysicist and I'm not, so please, explain this concept in words of one syllable so I might have a chance of understanding it!
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in words of one syllable

In simple terms that are easy to understand. (Usually implying that the listener is unintelligent.) You're helping my brother set up his computer? Be sure you explain things in words of one syllable.
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words of one syllable, in

In simple terms, as in I don't understand financial derivatives-can you explain them in words of one syllable? [Colloquial; 1920s]
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in words of one syllable

If you explain something to someone in words of one syllable, you explain it very simply and clearly. I'm sure I don't have to spell things out in words of one syllable to you. He wanted to know if I would help out. I told him in words of one syllable that I would not. Note: You sometimes use this expression to suggest that the other person is stupid or slow to understand something.
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in words of one syllable

using very simple language; expressed plainly.
1994 Canal & Riverboat Bear with me then, if I use words of one syllable now and again, in this series of articles for L drivers.
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in words of one ˈsyllable

using very simple language so that somebody will understand: They didn’t seem to understand my explanation, so I explained it all again in words of one syllable.
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Therefore, boosting the overall speech rate will allow slowly-pronounced syllables to be recognized more accurately while syllables originally spoken at a faster speed will be recognized for a different word or fail to be recognized entirely.
Fourth, stress is rhythmic in systems where stressed and unstressed syllables alternate, and where clashes (adjacent stresses) are avoided.
Word stress is defined as "the relative degree of force used in pronouncing the different syllables of a word of more than one syllable" Kingdon (1958).
The Syllable and Stress: Studies in Honor of James W.
the distance of that syllable from the right edge of the word, and the number of syllables.
In addition, the temporal and tonal characteristics of disyllabic weak-grade words with a short first syllable and a half-long second syllable are discussed in the thesis.
The pitch window above shows the state of pitch as produced by the vocal cords for both the syllables of the word "cassette'.
Just as sixteenth notes must be played more rapidly than eighths, so the two unaccented syllables of the anapest must be read more rapidly than would be a single unaccented syllable" (927).
The first determines the quantity of syllables which come into each kind of verse;
Blend syllables into words, or split one syllable component from the rest (for example, isolate the first phoneme); iv.
Prof Mennen added: "Welsh speakers may be aware that the stress in most Welsh words lies in the last but one syllable - and learners may be told this - but what Welsh speakers may not realise is that the way the language creates that stress is totally different to the way the English language places emphasis on a syllable.
Any error from Module 2 will be input for Module 3 which tunes the words and syllables from "L2outDrafT then the output will be generated by "L2out".
Those who sang them performed better in memory tests when they were asked to learn words with similar syllables.
Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables.
In the syllabic-accentual verse, first, the number of syllables, and second, the placement of accent are relevant.