March Quick Tip: Stress
Are you stressing out over how to talk about stress? The word stress means two different things in English. It can mean anxiety, or it can mean emphasize (zdůraznit).
got work to do!
We all deal with stress (noun) when we are facing a challenge. We might feel stressed (adjective) when we have a lot of work to do, need to have an important conversation with someone, or we need to take a test or go to a job interview. Stress can even be caused by good things, like a date or taking part in a sport. It's normal to feel stressed sometimes, but be careful you don't get too stressed out: that means you have too much stress and it is starting to hurt you psychologically (or even physically). We normally use this phrasal verb to talk about causing emotional stress: “This is stressing me out!”
If you want to emphasize something, you can stress it. You can do this by speaking louder, writing in italics or bold, or simply by saying, “I want to stress that this is very important.” In this sense, stress can be either a noun or a verb – but it is never used with “out”. If you say “I want to stress out this point”, you're saying you want the point to feel emotionally stressed!
stress yourself out!
Here is a quick reference in case you ever get confused:
Noun: I am under a lot of stress lately.
Adjective: I'm a little stressed about my speech. / There's just too much to do, and I'm totally stressed out.
Verb: I think his dad is pushing him too hard, and it's starting to stress him out.
Noun: In the Czech language, the stress is always on the first syllable of a word.
Adjective: In English, the stressed syllable could be anywhere in a word.
Verb: English teachers should stress how important it is to study grammar.