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Rule 2: As your meaning becomes more complex, the stress will change. After
the important information has become understood during a story,
conversation or presentation, you will stress words that show
difference or add description.
These are adjectives and adverbs including "just," "only," "always" or "never," as well as even more simple words like "this" and "that." For instance, if I am telling a story about someone I saw, I might say, "This woman..." On the other hand, I would say "This woman...." if I refer to a particular woman. Remember to stress one syllable, not the whole word. The slash (/) shows where to pause. Learn more about pausing in lesson 3.
That's same yes
the man / I saw terday.
Also, stress an
adjective in a common phrase. A common phrase, also called a set phrase, includes two words that go together regularly such as:
light bulb, blue jeans, mountain lion or back pain. They are so
accepted or so inter-dependent, we do not hesitate to put them
you stress "bulb" instead of "light," you will sound strange
because the most common definition of "bulb" is the electric bulb.
Note: These phrases also occur in professional terms such as "stress hormones" or "money laundering." Study more common phrases.
Continue with the 5 Steps:
Stress: Rule 1
Stress: Rule 4
Stress: Rule 5
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