Office Vocabulary - Compound Noun Stress

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Business English Pronunciation- Office vocabulary compound nouns stress

Student Worksheet

Describe your office or your desk to your partner. What things are the same as your partner’s office or 

desk and what things are different?

Listen to the expressions below and find the two expressions with different stress patterns to the others. 

How are they different grammatically?

answering machine

notice board

air conditioner

address book

notebook

drinks machine

main entrance

desk lamp

central heating

Now pronounce these noun plus noun expressions.

a conference room

car park

security man

coffee pot

photocopier

bookcase

laptop

Predict stress patterns for these, and put them in the correct column.

double glazing

fitted carpets

skylight

executive toys

cordless mouse

mouse pad

headquarters

O o

O O

Listen and check.

What does your office/ building most need to have added to it?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008

What would your perfect office/ office building be like?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008