I heard the "control" word (and other similar words) stress depends on whether it is a noun or a verb. But I can't find any proof to that. Is it really so?

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    I (native English speaker) pronounce them identically.
    – user24964
    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:16
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    I (non-native speaker) have never heard anyone pronouncing it CONtrol
    – mplungjan
    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:00
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    COntrol is the most popular pronunciation used for the computer key among Russian speakers. Interestingly enough the same word adopted in Russian for any other context is pronounced contrOl'.
    – shuribot
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:15
  • @shuribot So true! (I am this Russian speaker :) May 15, 2018 at 23:00

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Examples of what you are talking about are: import, export, present, contract, object, refund, increase, decrease. All of them are nouns when the first syllable is stressed and verbs when the stress is on the second syllable. "Control" has only one stress as far as I know.

  • +1. There may be others like control that have the same stress as verb and noun, but I can't think of any. Apr 12, 2013 at 11:33
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    delight, husband, issue, reply
    – MetaEd
    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:50
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    deLIGHT, HUSband, ISsue, rePLY in my vocabulary - and examples of verb/noun there?
    – mplungjan
    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:58

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