Please mark the stress in the following words: Conduct(verb)      Conduct(noun) Produce(verb)     Produce(noun)

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the four words you're asking about, the verb forms put the stress on the second syllable, and the noun forms stress the first syllable. Let me use boldface/rom type and caps/lc to show you what I mean. The stressed syllables are capitalized and printed in boldface type:

verbs: conDUCT and proDUCE

nouns: CONduct and PROduce

Webster's dictionary labels stressed syllables with a  '. So the phonetic spelling of the noun form is \ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt\. The phonetic spelling of the verb is \kən-ˈdəkt. You can listen to the pronunciation of each word at the web site link in the sources section.