Stress

English Pronunciation

2-syllable Word Stress Patterns

The most straightforward syllable stress rules are for 2-syllable nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Generally speaking, the following is true:

  • 2-syllable nouns, adjectives, and adverbs are usually stressed on the first syllable
  • 2-syllable verbs are usually stressed on the second syllable
First syllable stress
nouns  adjectives  adverbs 
par
stu
num
ent
dent
ber


 
qui
bet
bas
et
ter
ic


 
sel
may
nev
dom
be
er


 
Second syllable stress
verbs 
em
sus
ne
brace
pend
glect


 

2-syllable Heteronyms

Some words, called heteronyms, have a single spelling, but two different pronunciations. There are a number of 2-syllable words that are stressed on the first syllable when the word is being used as a noun or adjective, and stressed on the the second syllable when it is being used as a verb.

2-syllable heteronyms
nouns/adjectives verbs
con
pro
sus
tract
ject
pect


 
con
pro
sus
tract
ject
pect


 

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