Two-word phrases

Descriptive phrases

Nouns are “heavier” than adjectives ; they carry the weight of the new information . An adjective and a noun combination is called a descriptive phrase, and in the absence of contrast or other secondary changes, the stress will always fall naturally on the noun. In the absences of the noun, you will stress the adjective, but as soon as a noun appears on the scene, it takes immediate precedence----and should be stressed.