March 13, 2012 - Word of the Day: address
When this word is a noun, you can pronounce it one of two ways: add' ress (the accent is on the first syllable) or a 'ddress (the accent is on the second syllable).
- Do you know their address?
- What's the address?
- We couldn't find the address.
- Is this the address?
- The address is 4231 Lyndale Avenue.
- Her current address is 150 North Oak Street.
When "address" is used as a verb, you can use it to refer to a place where a person lives, but it also means the manner in which you speak to another person.
When used as a verb, the accent is always on the second syllable:
- I have to address several envelopes.
- How do you address your teacher? (Do you call him by his first name?)
- His manner of addressing the President was very disrespectful. (The word "addressing" in this sentence is a gerund.)
- The police addressed the crowd and told them to leave the area.
- How should we address this situation? (address = take care of).
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