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Sunday, July 13, 2008

ESL Student Blog: Récord or Recórd?

Depending on whether this is a noun or verb, the stress is placed differently. Compare:

ré-cord (noun, with stress on the first syllable), as in:
My driving record is clean this year so my car insurance didn’t go up.

re-córd (verb, with stress on the second syllable), as in:

I’m going on vacation until the end of the month and need to record the ‘out of office’ message on my voicemail.

Some other common examples of noun-verb pairs in English are: insult, conduct, produce, present, conflict, contrast, project. When one of the listed words is a noun, place the stress at the beginning; if a verb, stress the last part. Consider:
utter an insultinsult a friend
professional conduct - conduct an orchestra
fresh produceproduce cars
expensive presentpresent a product
a decade long conflictconflict someone’s view
sharp contrastcontrast his work with hers
do a projectproject confidence
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 3:57 PM
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