In this video English lesson, part of my Daily Dose of English series from 2010-2011, I look at Excess Access
Access and excess are two words that cause problems even for native speakers. Access means the right of entry, a way of entering. It can be used as noun and as a verb. How do I gain entry to the system? How do I get access to this computer system? This password will let you enter the system. This password will give you access. Now, access has the stress on the first syllable – access. But, excess has the accent on the second syllable. The word stress falls on -cess – excess. Excess is either a noun or an adjective. It means too much of something.
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