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When a word has both a noun and a verb form the noun form typically has stress in the first syllable while the verb form has stress in the second syllable. The most commonly confused words I hear are adult and address.
What is your address?
I will address that subject in my next book.
Do you have a permit for this work?
Permit me to introduce myself.
The default is 'yes'.
By not paying, one defaults on a loan.
It rains infrequently in a desert.
The soldier deserted his company.
We are making progress.
We are progressing towards our goal.
How many adults are here?
To corrupt, debase, or make impure.
Use of slang adul'terates a language.
A new stereo console.
I tried to console him in his grief.
Some words are distinguished between noun and verb by having an ice or ise ending. The ise ending is often pronounced like ize, but not always.
This device works like a radio.
An act of thought, such as planning.
I will devise a method to achieve this.
Will you give me your advice?
Please advise me as to what I should do.
Here is your driving licence.
My company is licensed to provide this service.
Same pronunciation as licence. US English uses verb form for the noun.
I have my own legal practice.
I am practising violin.
Same pronunciation as practice. US English uses noun form for the verb.
ISPL:family ·_· IXO:personal