Words with Tricky Stresses

"Record" and "to record," "export" and "to export," "rebel" and "to rebel"... What do all these pairs have in common? Take "record" and "to record" for example. The words look identical, but they sound different, mostly because the stress falls on the first syllable in the noun "record," and on the second syllable in the verb "to record": /ˈrekɔː(r)d/ and /rɪˈkɔː(r)d/. Read on for more pairs like this.

How to Describe Relationships

Who wouldn't like all their relationships to be harmonious? Unfortunately, it's hardly possible. Relationships differ just like people do, and although the topic of this post is rather broad, we'll try to help you learn vocabulary useful for describing several types of relationships.