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    Is it true?

    Is it true if I say:

    Words like 'walking stick' display the primary stress in which the stress occurs on the first constituent.

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    Re: Is it true?

    That's how I would say it, yes.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Is it true?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    Is it true if I say:

    Words like 'walking stick' display the primary stress in which the stress occurs on the first constituent.
    In most cases they do, but it's not universal.
    'peanut butter' has stress on the second word, as do 'mobile phone', 'dollar bill', and heaps of others.

    Some can go either way, depending if you're American or not, and other factors:
    Sausage roll, tomato sauce ...

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