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Accent on second syllable for "preference"

Dictionaries say that the word “preference” has got the accent on the first syllable.

In a film the actor Jonny Lee Miller pronounced it with accent on the second syllable.
It was not the first time I heard somebody pronounce it that way.

Where does it come from?

English Language & Usage Asked on November 21, 2021

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The generally accepted pronunciation, at least in Britain, is PREFerence. That is what is preFERRED, and the one that I particularly preFER. (Note how the emphasis changes).

But "preFERence" does seem a possibility - if one were needing to add stress to the word.

Answered by WS2 on November 21, 2021

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