There are several word pairs consisting of a noun and a verb that are written and articulated the same; the noun generally has stress placed on the first syllable, and the verb on the second. For example, implant vs implant; subject vs subject; present vs present. However, I can't think of any three syllable word pairs which follow this pattern, including the stress shift. Are there any?
There are several which don't follow the stress pattern:
- overcount / undercount
Here are a couple where the pronunciation between the verb and noun is consistently different:
- attribute (noun attribute; verb attribute)
- envelope (noun envelope; verb envelope), though the verb is usually spelt without the final "e".
I suppose "entrances" is also worth mentioning, but these are two separate words with unrelated meanings and separate etymologies.
The first syllable of “duplicate” is stressed as noun, verb, or adjective. However, its pronunciation changes: similar to the “pre” in “present” and the “ope” in “envelope”, the “cate” in “duplicate” is pronounced as a “long a” (like “cape” or “cater”) in the verb, and like a “short i” (“kit”) in the noun and adjective.
protected by tchrist♦ May 7 '17 at 22:00
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