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Type 1: Typical compound Nouns STRESS ON FIRST WORD

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[Note that this applies only when two words are combined to form a noun. Verbs that are formed in this way generally have the stress on the second word, such as "to overtax" and "to overthrow".]

an in-law (e.g., mother-in-law)

an outfield

an outhouse

an outlaw

an out-patient

an outpost

an outrider

an outstation

an overcharge

an overcoat

an overdose

an overlord

overtime

an overtone

an undercarriage

 

an updraught

a downdraught

an underclass

an undercurrent

an underdog

an undergarment

an understatement

a pair of underpants

an undershirt

underwear

an/the underworld

an upbeat

a downbeat

an upland

the outskirts

the upshot

 

Exceptions

"an overstatement" but, "an understatement"

an undergraduate (This was probably originally an adjective, not a noun, as in, "an undergraduate student")