Noun verb pairs with different syllable stress in English

Published on May 22, 2019 at 2:06 PM

I found another interesting article related to English pronunciation. This is something I was aware of instinctively but I am surprised just how often it occurs.

 

What am I talking about? Noun and verb forms of the same word that have different syllable stress. Example: insult

'That is an intolerable insult.' Noun; stress on first syllable.

'Please don't insult me.' Verb; stress on second syllable.

 

Other similar words: record, conflict, survey. The link has 34 examples and includes sound files so you can hear the correct pronunciation.

 

Here's the link.


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