Syllables provide a way to determine word pronunciation. They also let you know where to place the stress on different parts of the word.
The word people has two syllables. The stress is on the first syllable. The syllables of the word are peo'- ple.
The first syllable
first try to pronounce the word. You will find that there are places or rather syllables where you stress the most. In this case the stress would be on the 'd' the 't' and the 'ti' pronounced as 'sh'. The syllables would be de.ten.tion. You can refer to the dictionary for more information on stress and syllables. De-ten-tion
The word emerged has two syllables. The syllables are e-MERGED. The stress is on the second syllable.
The word gazes has two syllables. The syllables are GAZ-es. The stress is on the first syllable.
The word suspended has three syllables. The stress is on the second syllable.
the pattern of stress in the syllables
Only the stressed syllables are marked. One single quotation mark for a minor stress and the double quote for a major stress.