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    #1

    one adjective and two or more nouns

    in phrases like these: future love paradise
    silver knife handle
    does stress depend on the context?
    How can I link future to "love" rather than "paradise"?
    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: one adjective and two or more nouns

    The stress placed on a word or words always depends on context.

    Question:
    How can I link future to "love" rather than "paradise"?
    Perhaps:
    In the future I will be in love.
    Or:
    I look forward to a future of love in paradise.


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    #3

    Re: one adjective and two or more nouns

    Hi,
    I think you misunderstood the question, Ron. Nello must have meant the logical stress. It's an issue that warrants for some attention, I even made a rule for my pupils three or four years ago because of their constant intonation mistakes.
    Here it is, in a nutshell.
    If a noun has an attribute in the form of a noun, this attribute should be logically stressed, but not the main noun ( sorry, can't remember the grammar term).
    a knife handle
    a silver knife handle
    a love paradize
    the future love paradize

    If the attribute denotes some material, it's either not stressed or stressed much less than the main noun.
    a stone house
    a long metal bar

    Regards

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    #4

    Re: one adjective and two or more nouns

    You might be right, but omit for in that phrase. Thus, it should be:
    It's an issue that warrants some attention.
    Stress.
    a knife handle (yes)
    a silver knife handle (yes)
    a silver knife handle (yes)
    a love paradise (yes)
    a (or the) future love paradise (yes)
    In the phrase a silver knife handle the stress would go on the word the speaker wants to emphasize.

    ~R


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    #5

    Re: one adjective and two or more nouns

    Thank you, Ron.
    Yes, I mixed them up : a warrant for, to warrant sth.

    Sure enough, we can stress just anything, including articles and prepositions. I meant a typical stress.

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    #6

    Re: one adjective and two or more nouns

    Of course, knife and love are actually adjectives in these phrases.
    What some like to call nominal ajectives.

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