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Rule: All three TERMINATIONS begin two syllables before the last accent (natural or adventi­tious), and the last syllable is always sung to the last note or group of notes, but the last accented syllable (natural or adventitious) to the penultimate note or group of notes.
In this case and similar cases, therefore, the last syllable is never considered to be accented. But if the last word be monosyllabic, then the preceding word receives or has an accent which is considered the last; if it be a Hebrew word of two syllables, then the first syllable is given the accent, but if of three or more syllables, then the ante­penultimate is accented.
N. B. When studying the examples and rules in this and the next chapters, the following points should be borne in mind:
II. Both Prepositions and co-ordinating Conjunc­tions, however, may receive an adventitious accent in the following cases.
(i). If the last Latin word before the Mediation sign be of one syllable, and the preceding unaccented word be of at least two syllables, then this latter receives an adventitious accent, e.g,
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