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    Default Adjective Vs Verb pronunciation (is "complete" a heteronym?)

    How do you pronounce "complete" when it is used as an adjective ?

    Example : Dante's complete works are in this library.

    Is "complete" pronounced as " kəm ˈpliːt " with vowel reduction on the "com" sound or should it be pronounced as " kɒm pliːt " with stress on the " kɒm" ?

    I know as a verb, "complete" is pronounced as "kɒm pliːt" but I wonder whether as an adjective, it is pronounced with stress on the 1st syllable, this example for adjectives vs verbs :

    You will find fruits and vegetables in the produce section. (adjective)
    Many factories produce too much pollution. (verb)

    Longman Pronunciation Dictionary says " kɒm pliːt " is not Received Pronunication but is enunciated by educated English speakers around some parts of the world. Longman did not differentiate any spelling differences for "complete" used as an adjective or a verb.

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    Default Re: Adjective Vs Verb pronunciation (is "complete" a heteronym?)

    Quote Originally Posted by weenid2003 View Post
    How do you pronounce "complete" when it is used as an adjective ?

    Example : Dante's complete works are in this library.

    Is "complete" pronounced as " kəm ˈpliːt " with vowel reduction on the "com" sound or should it be pronounced as " kɒm pliːt " with stress on the " kɒm" ?

    I know as a verb, "complete" is pronounced as "kɒm pliːt" but I wonder whether as an adjective, it is pronounced with stress on the 1st syllable, this example for adjectives vs verbs :

    You will find fruits and vegetables in the produce section. (adjective)
    Many factories produce too much pollution. (verb)

    Longman Pronunciation Dictionary says " kɒm pliːt " is not Received Pronunication but is enunciated by educated English speakers around some parts of the world. Longman did not differentiate any spelling differences for "complete" used as an adjective or a verb.
    complete is always pronounced the same, with the stress on the ending.
    It is not one of those words like produce and others listed here:
    The Heteronym Homepage

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