The stress pattern of a word is the way all the syllables are stressed in it. There can be main and secondary stress, or unstressed sounds.

The following are some stress patterns showing main stress and unstressed syllables:
0o e.g. key/board o0 e.g. con/duct (as a verb) o0o e.g. com/pu/ter 0oo e.g. mi/cro/phone oo0o e.g. ed/u/ca/tion

In the classroom
There are different ways to show the stress pattern of a word. Large and small circles can be used, as in the examples above. Colours, a line above the main stress, an apostrophe before the main stressed syllable or underlining are alternatives.

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