I have a question. What is the rule for stressing the words in noun+noun phrases. For example, "English teacher" would stressed

ENGLISH teacher


English TEACHER ?

Which one would mean that this person teaches English, and which of the phrases means he comes from England?

Thank you in advance,

It normally falls on the first noun (since the first noun is usually modifying-- that is, defining-- the second), but only context can tell you for sure:

A: What's his job?
B: He's an ENGlish teacher.
A: Eh? What did you say? An ENGlish preacher?
B: No! An English TEACHer!

ENGLISH teacher-- teaches the language
English TEACHER-- comes from England
AnonymousWhat is the rule for stressing the words in noun+noun phrases.
There's a primary stress on the first word of the compound; a secondary stress on the second word.
warlord, horseshoe, snowplow, bread line, coffee pot, fall guy, stage fright
Exceptions: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day, mountain ash, rubber check

If the first word is an -ing word, the same stress pattern applies, even though this isn't noun + noun:
washing machine, dining room, swimming pool, looking glass
Exception: weeping willow
Be careful. If the first word is an adjective, the stress is often on the second word of the compound:
remote control, private eye, hired hand, white wine
But it may also be on the first:
long shot, White House, French fries
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