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    Default yes/no question and falling intonation

    Dear all,

    The rising intonation is usually used in yes / no question
    for example : are you happy ?

    what happens if the falling intonation is used for the yes/no question ?
    what's on the speaker's mind ?

    thanks

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    Default Re: yes/no question and falling intonation

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,

    The rising intonation is usually used in yes / no question
    for example : are you happy ?

    what happens if the falling intonation is used for the yes/no question ?
    what's on the speaker's mind ?

    thanks
    It would be helpful if you could give an example. I can't think of any yes/no questions that would use the falling intonation. However, there are a few other question types where you would use the falling intonation:

    falling intonation

    How many people are coming?
    Why are being so mean?


    If you could give me an example, I would be happy to clarify. Intonation is very important though - if you get it wrong, it sounds extremely strange. There is a scene in the movie Anchorman which demonstrates this!

    I'm Ron Burgundy?
    (rising intonation)

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