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    I want to ask please about the best methods for teaching EMPHASIS to learners of English. I mean if I have some sentences with emphasis on different parts of these sentences. How am I to teach this to students?

    The last question: what is 'in' in the following:
    He jumped in
    I think it is part of a phrasal verb, but also can be a preposition.
    Thanks in advance for any answers or suggestions
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    Default Re: Emphasis in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Diana82 View Post
    I want to ask please about the best methods for teaching EMPHASIS to learners of English. I mean if I have some sentences with emphasis on different parts of these sentences. How am I to teach this to students?

    The second question is about the difference between the following two statements:
    a “have you got a sister?”
    b “Have you got a light?”

    The last question: what is 'in' in the following:
    He jumped in
    I think it is part of a phrasal verb, but also can be a preposition.
    Thanks in advance for any answers or suggestions
    Welcome to the forum.

    I'm not quite sure what the first part of your post is about. Where do you think the different emphasis comes in those two sentences?

    In "He jumped in", it's simply the preposition half of the phrasal verb "to jump in".

    In future posts, please don't ask two unrelated questions in the same thread. It can get very confusing when people start to answer only one of the questions. One question per thread please.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Emphasis in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Diana82 View Post
    I want to ask please about the best methods for teaching EMPHASIS to learners of English. I mean if I have some sentences with emphasis on different parts of these sentences. How am I to teach this to students?
    It's not easy to give a short answer to this. If you have access to a copy of his book* Kelly gives useful information on word and sentence stress, intonation and other aspects of connected speech, with teaching ideas and worksheets. The book comes with a helpful CD.

    * Kelly, Gerald (2000), How to Teach Pronunciation, Harlow: pearson Education.

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    Default Re: Emphasis in English

    Many thanks for all the replies and suggestions.
    Last edited by Diana82; 24-May-2013 at 15:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    I'm not quite sure what the first part of your post is about. Where do you think the different emphasis comes in those two sentences?

    In "He jumped in", it's simply the preposition half of the phrasal verb "to jump in".

    In future posts, please don't ask two unrelated questions in the same thread. It can get very confusing when people start to answer only one of the questions. One question per thread please.
    Thank you for your reply and advice.
    I'm new to the forum... Please excuse me for any mistakes in use or questions.
    I was able to interpret the following two statements as follows, but not convinced with my interpretation:


    a “have you got a sister?”
    b “Have you got a light?”
    I think there is no difference when it comes to the structure of the two sentences, but the difference can be in meaning where we are just asking in the first, but expecting the listener to give us a light or lighter in the second. Looks silly interpretation, but really could not find a proper convincing interpretation.

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    Default Re: Emphasis in English

    Yes, in the second case you are asking if you can use their lighter.

    In the first case you are not asking if you can use their sister.

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    Thanks for your reply

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    The use of emphasis on certain words in a spoken sentence can significantly alter the meaning. This is difficult to teach, however. One exercise that I have found enlightening uses a simple 7 word sentence: I didn't say she stole your money.

    7 different variants:

    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.

    Can you explain the differences in the sentences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The use of emphasis on certain words in a spoken sentence can significantly alter the meaning. This is difficult to teach, however. One exercise that I have found enlightening uses a simple 7 word sentence: I didn't say she stole your money.

    7 different variants:

    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.
    I didn't say she stole your money.

    Can you explain the differences in the sentences?
    Got your point.. Many thanks

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    You're very welcome.

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