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Rule 3: You want to stress, then pause, stress, then pause.
gives your listener time to fully hear what you say. This is a standard
strategy for speaking clearly. You will not sound natural if you speak
so quickly that people cannot register your words. Also, you will be
less able to hear yourself. This may cause you to have continued
problems with important sounds, like R, L, TH or the vowels.
Pause before or after a stressed word. Also pause before connecting words like "and," "or," "but," "that," "which" and others. You can pause before prepositions as well. Grammatically a preposition begins a prepositional phrase, a separate thought or idea. Stress the noun in the phrase and say the preposition lightly. As before, the slash (/) indicates a pause.
Let me introduce you to my friend, Jeff.
introduce friend, / Jeff.
Let me you / to my
Can we please discuss the changes they made to this contract?
please / changes / contract?
Can we discuss the they made / to this
Learn more about why and when to pause.
Stress: Rule 1
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