Are there rules that determine if a word changes inflection depending on its part of speech? Some words seems to change inflection whether a noun or a verb, while others are pronounced the same.
I realize not every person pronounces every word the same, but I'm going to throw out some observations I hear commonly. Forgive how I type pronunciations or where emphasis lies--I am not familiar with universal pronunciation guidelines, so the best I know is writing phonetic English.
Words that do change inflection from noun to verb:
- Contract -
- Defect -
- Precipitate -
- Looks like inflection doesn't change on this, but still a single-syllable change in pronunciation
- Contrast -
- "What is the contrast between working the day and night shifts?"
- "How does this contrast with your opinion?"
Words that do not change inflection whether noun or verb: