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    Pronunciation

    When using the word "purpose" as a verb, does the accent go on
    the first or second syllable?
    Example: I purpose to be helpful.

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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Efree97 View Post
    When using the word "purpose" as a verb, does the accent go on
    the first or second syllable?
    Example: I purpose to be helpful.
    My immediate reaction to this was "We don't use "purpose" as a verb!" However, two online dictionaries have apparently proved me wrong, but both show the pronunciation to be the same as the noun - stress on the first syllable.

    I would say that I have never actually heard it used as a verb in my entire life!


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    Re: Pronunciation

    Thanks.
    Yesterday I was reading a passage aloud when I came across the word being used as a verb. I stumbled over it because it just didn't sound right
    to me.

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