Friday, 2 October 2009

Stress in Verbs and Nouns

Last Monday’s class we saw the sound stress in verbs and nouns. And we learned how to make differences in pronouncing verbs and nouns that are Homographs, which means that, are spelled the same, but pronounced differently.
There are differences between verbs and nouns in English, you know that a verb is a word action which describes and a noun names something, well sometimes we have the same spelling of words that come from Latin originally such as subject / səb-jěkt'/ that is a noun, is what you take in school, and subject, / səb-jěkt'/ for instance, if I said “I subject you to punishment” the accent is in the second syllable because is a verb and the same thing happens with other verbs as:

Noun Verb
flict /ˈkɑn ˌflɪkt/ con
flict /kən ˈflɪkt/
bel /ˈrɛ bəl/ re
bel /rə ˈbɛl/
mit /ˈpɚ ˌmɪt/ per
mit /pɚ ˈmɪt/
cord /ˈrɛ kɚd/ re
cord /rə ˈkɔrd/

During the class we saw many examples with the purpose of identifing how to pronounce a verb and how to pronounce a noun.

We conclude the following:


  1. Cheers for this Anna. The links look really useful - I particularly like the explanations at the end of the second link (

    You make an interesting point with your exceptions here. Remember that affixes are not generally stressed in English, hence the stress always falling on the second syllable in verbs/nouns beginning with 're'. This rule can also be used to explain the stress on the initial syllable of words ending in 'er'.

  2. Thank you teacher, you are rigth¡¡, should I include that in the post?

    Francisco I don´t know how to add a title :S sorry this is new for my jeje, can you help me? je thank you.