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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007

    Stress in compounds

    Hi there.
    I'd like to know what's the rule for putting stress on the first/second syllable in the words like: open-minded, big-headed, easy-going, etc..
    If I remember correct, there is something about whether the compound is followed by a noun, or not. But I can't remember exactly what the rule says. Give me a hint please.
    Kind regards,

  2. #2
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    Feb 2007

    Re: Stress in compounds


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    Buddhaheart is offline Member
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    Re: Stress in compounds

    The following might help. Remember these are generalizations only. There’ll always be exceptions.

    1. Stress the 1st word if the word is made up of 2 individual (compound) words.

    E.g. 0airport, 0freeway

    2. Stress the preposition if the word is a 2-word phrasal verb.

    E.g. go 0away, get 0up

    3. Stress the 1st syllable of a 2-word noun.

    E.g. 0Bedroom, 0stoplight, 0teapot, 0windscreen, 0chairman

    4. Stress the 2nd word in a 2-word (compound) verb.

    E.g. out0smart, out0do

    5. Stress the 1st or 2nd syllable or word if the word is a 3-syllable or 3-word words.

    E.g. 0newspaper, 0grandmother

    6. Stress the 2nd syllable of a 3-word verb.

    E.g. get 0out of, keep 0up with

    7. Stress the noun in an adjective-noun phrase.

    E.g. black 0board, green 0house

    8. Stress the adjective in an adjective-noun compound word.

    E.g. 0blackboard, 0greenhouse

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Re: Stress in compounds

    Thanks Buddhaheart!

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