Is there anyone who pronounces the verb perfect as they would the adjective? For instance, would anyone say “I need to p[schwa]r-fikt my project”?

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    I don't think the adjective of perfect is one syllable though... I think you mean the stress is on the second syllable?
    – Boondoggle
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 22:40
  • Yes. Sorry about that.
    – user305707
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 22:50
  • Adj., noun /ˈpəːfɪkt/ ; verb /pəˈfɛkt/ en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/perfect
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 6:04
  • That doesn’t really answer my question.
    – user305707
    Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 6:05
  • The rest of the question, if any is I am afraid, OT on ELU.
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 6:06

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I lived and worked for over 20 years in Australia and England. No one ever pronounced "to perfect" as they would say "perfect-adj.". I think it is easy and natural for the speaker to put the stress on the second syllable, because of an automatic memory for such words like "perfection and perfectionist".

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