Sunday, July 13, 2008|
ESL Student Blog: Récord or Recórd?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 3:57 PM
- 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 insult – insult a friend
professional conduct - conduct an orchestra
fresh produce – produce cars
expensive present – present a product
a decade long conflict – conflict someone’s view
sharp contrast – contrast his work with hers
do a project – project confidence