How do you pronounce complex?

How do you pronounce complex?

How do you pronounce complex?

How do you pronounce complex?

One word (actually 2 words) that my accent reduction coaching clients frequently ask me about is complex.

2 pronunciations

In American English the word complex has 2 different pronunciations.

Noun

When complex is used as a noun, it’s stressed on the first syllable as shown below ~

co→mplex

I live in a large apartment complex.

Adjective

When complex is used as an adjective, it’s stressed on the second syllable as shown below ~

comple→x

That algorithm is really complex.

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Syllable stress

There are scores of words like this in American English in which the syllable stress determines the meaning of the word.

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