In my impression, a word with both noun and verb forms should be stressed on the first syllable when it is a noun, and on the second or subsequent syllable when it is a verb.

A search in Cambridge Dictionary finds that the word "resource" seems to be unbound by this rule of thumb. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/resource

Is it correct if I continue to pronounce "REsource" in noun form and "reSORce" in verb form?

  • Can you give an example of a word that you think is bound by this rule? – Andrew Feb 21 '17 at 2:22
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    Hello #Andrew . A common example is the word "conduct", which is also mentioned in this following website I found over the Internet. The website gives a pretty clear list of examples bound by this rule of thumb. Here is the link =>> goo.gl/3tszwB – Dean Feb 21 '17 at 8:48
  • Personally, I don't see the need for it, but hey, you could always do whatever you want and let your listener figure it out for herself :D. – Teacher KSHuang Feb 21 '17 at 10:05
  • The "rule" only applies on some occasions. Your best bet is to check the dictionary for pronunciation. – green_ideas Feb 21 '17 at 14:52

"Conduct" is a good example, although again given that it's difficult to think of other examples I expect it's more an occasional pattern rather than any kind of actual "rule". As a counter-example consider alert, always pronounced "a-LERT" regardless of whether it's a noun, an adjective, or a verb.

As you say, it's "RE-source" when used as a noun and (often, not always) "re-SOURCE" when used as a verb, and similarly with "contest" or "decrease" (and many others), but I think for every few that match this pattern you'll find at least one that doesn't (address, bandage, challenge, etc.)

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  • Correction: People pronounce the noun "address" both as "ADress" and "aDress". I guess if you're looking for consistency in English you've come to the wrong language :) – Andrew Feb 24 '17 at 16:44

The rule you cite is correct for the list of verbs given at that resource. But the rule does not apply to all verbs. For example, the word action is nowadays used as a verb in business English (perhaps more so in British English) but it is pronounced the same as the noun action. The list of verbs following the "rule" is a good one to know, but for other verbs the best thing you can do is look them up in the dictionary, as you have done for resource.

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