In the following examples, stressed syllables
are in capital letters:
In many cases, word stress must simply be learned as new volcabulary is acquired. However, there are several rules for word stress which can make it easier to deal with.
Listen to the following compound nouns.
Can you hear the word stress?
In each of these examples, the first part of the compound gets the stress.
Listen to the following noun+noun compounds.
Can you hear which part of the compound gets more stress?
Similar to the rule for compound nouns, the first part of the compound--here, the first word--gets the stress. (Note: If the "unstressed" part of the noun+noun compound is more than one syllable, it will have some word stress. However, the first part of the compound will get even more stress.)
Listen to these examples.
In phrasal verbs, the preposition gets the word stress. If they have a noun counterpart, however, it gets the stress on the first part.
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