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    stress in compounds

    How do you stress compound words? Usage seems to be inconsistent.

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    Re: stress in compounds

    Usage is inconsistent because the link between the component words varies. A black bird may be a rook or a crow or a male blackbird; but a female blackbird is a brown bird.

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    Re: stress in compounds

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Excellent question.

    One book says that in compounds, the stress (louder sound) is often on the first word:

    SICK room (NOT: sick ROOM. The room is not sick. It is a room for the sick.)
    ROOMmate.
    BASKETball.
    SIDEwalk.

    Be very careful:

    We ate a HOT dog.

    We chased a hot DOG.

    Credit: A Basic Grammar of Modern English (1979) by Professor Bruce L. Liles.

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