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    Hello,

    How can I match stress patterns with these sentences?

    A. _ _+_

    B._ +_+

    C. _ + _ _+

    1.Are you coming? (A) The correct asnwer given in the book.
    2.I am waiting for Jay.
    3.He's on the phone.
    4.I'll give you a map.
    5.You can't miss it.
    6.I'll ask her the way.
    7.Can you help us?
    8.It isn't far.
    9.You are really late!

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Stress patterns

    You try; that's rather the point.

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    PS On second thoughts, I think it's an unfair test. In 2, it only works if you make 'I'm' into one syllable. And 9 only works if you make 'You're' into one syllable; and then it's either B or C, depending on how you count syllables in 'really'. The others are straightforward. (Hint: Count the syllables. That should get you started.)
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    Default Re: Stress patterns

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You try; that's rather the point.

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    PS On second thoiughts, I think it's an unfair test. In 2, it only works if you make 'I'm' into one syllable. And 9 only works if you make 'You're' into one syllable; and then it's either B or C, depending on how you count syllables in 'really'. The others are straightforward. (Hint: Count the syllables. That should get you started.)
    Those are both one syllable where I come from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Those are both one syllable where I come from.
    "I'm" and "You're" have, of course, one syllable. Unfortunately, the test sentences contain "I am" and "You are".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Stress patterns

    This is how I wrote it.

    Are you com-ing? (4 syllables)
    I am wai-ting for Jay. (6 syllables)
    He's on the phone. (4 syllables)
    I'll give you a map. (5 syllables)
    You can't miss it. (4 syllables)
    I'll ask her the way. (5 syllables)
    Can you help us? (4 syllables)
    It isn't far (3 syllables)
    you are re-ally late! (5 syllables)

    I don't understand how to match
    A,B,C from 1 through 9. And how words should be stressed in this short sentences.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Stress patterns

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    This is how I wrote it.

    Are you com-ing? (4 syllables)
    I am wai-ting for Jay. (6 syllables)I said this wasn't fair. Forget it.
    He's on the phone. (4 syllables)
    I'll give you a map. (5 syllables)
    You can't miss it. (4 syllables)
    I'll ask her the way. (5 syllables)
    Can you help us? (4 syllables)
    It isn't far (3 syllables)
    you are re-ally late! (5 syllables)I said this wasn't fair. Forget it.

    I don't understand how to match
    A,B,C from 1 through 9. And how words should be stressed in this short sentences.

    Thanks
    Now count the syllables in the patterns; that will give you two answers without thinking, and leave you with four four-syllable phrases. Group these as two pairs.

    (Vocab background: Doing the easy things first is called 'taking/gathering/choosing/etc the low-hanging fruit)

    b

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