Docstoc

Sentence Stress Rules in the English Language

Document Sample
Sentence Stress Rules in the English Language Powered By Docstoc
					English Pronunciation: Sentence Stress Rules (EnglishClub.com)

Page 1 of 2

ESL Learning Centre

Search

Eng

English Club : ESL Learning Centre : English Pronunciation : Sentence Stress

Senten

Rules for Sentence Stress in English
The basic rules of sentence stress are: 1. 2. 3. content words are stressed structure words are unstressed the time between stressed words is always the same

The following tables can help you decide which words are content words and which words are structure words:

Content words - stressed
Words carrying the meaning main verbs nouns adjectives adverbs negative auxiliaries Example SELL, GIVE, EMPLOY CAR, MUSIC, MARY RED, BIG, INTERESTING QUICKLY, LOUDLY, NEVER DON'T, AREN'T, CAN'T

Structure words - unstressed
Words for correct grammar pronouns prepositions articles conjunctions auxiliary verbs Example he, we, they on, at, into a, an, the and, but, because do, be, have, can, must

Exceptions
The above rules are for for what is called "neutral" or normal stress. But sometimes we can stress a word that would norm structure word, for example to correct information. Look at the following dialogue: "They've been to Mongolia, haven't they?" "No, THEY haven't, but WE have. Note also that when "be" is used as a main verb, it is usually unstressed (even though in this case it is a content word).

http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/sentence-stress-rules.htm

12/6/2006

English Pronunciation: Sentence Stress Rules (EnglishClub.com)

Page 2 of 2

To make progress with sentence stress fast, try the world's #1 pronunciation program, Pronunciation Power.

How to Write Better
Your words read aloud on PC. Pick voices for characters. Free trial! www.nextup.com

Improve your spelling
Spellzone, the low cost interactive on-line English spelling course. www.spellzone.com

Relaxation made easy
Achieve deep relaxation and reduce stress easily. www.immrama.org

What Causes Stres
For Everyday Stress. G Box. A $30 Value. Free RelaxaneOffers.com

© 1997-2006 EnglishClub.com All Rights Reserved - Site Map - Contact - Terms of Use - Privacy - Advertise with EnglishClub.com Footlinks: ConfidentEnglish.com - ESL Software - ESL Games - ESLDepot.com - Online Degrees - ESL Chat

http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/sentence-stress-rules.htm

12/6/2006


				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:82
posted:1/11/2009
language:English
pages:2