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Word stress in English is not always on the first syllable, as it is in many languages. However, in general, nouns with two syllables are stressed on the first syllable.
Here are some examples of patterns. The bold part is stressed:
And in compound nouns:
But here are some exceptions, e.g.:
Learners can improve their pronunciation by listening for word stress, and in some cases looking for patterns.
Here are two more examples of patterns:
Words that are both verbs and nouns: