5: Statements usually go down in pitch. Questions can go up for formal situations and down for informal situations.
and pitch: My
rule for questions is this: Let your voice rise on the last word if in
a formal situation or if the listener may not be expecting the question.
As a variation, you can also raise your pitch on the question word
instead on the last word (do be careful with this one, as it can sound
commanding or judgemental). Do not worry about
raising your pitch on the last word if the question is very common or
if you're in an informal situation.
my friends, I might say: To my new business partner,
I'd say, ... or
is nothing wrong with raising your voice on the last word of a question. Technically, this is
it will sound odd if you're in a very informal situation where
supposedly other people are "in" on the information you're asking about. As another example,
if I was in a business situation, but with colleagues I'd worked with
for years, I'd say,
do you think is?
go down in
fact, the last words or sounds of a statement can be almost inaudible
they are expected to be understood). I'd say:
is such a known phrase, I will not stress "day" at all. I'll let it fall,