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    Is "heart attack" a compound noun?

    Is 'hard attack' a compound noun in the phrase: "He had a heart attack." ?
    If I understand correctly compound nouns get a little bit more stress on the first word than the second.
    I would normally stress the following words (the one with the capital letters) when not making any contrast or special importance.

    .   *  .   *   .  *
    Of course stress can be shifted for special emphasize, but I don't want any special emphasize. Any suggestion is appreciated.

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    Re: Is "heart attack" a compound noun?

    Yes it is. And the stress is on the first word.

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