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    Where should the tonic stress be?

    What is the most natural way to pronounce the following (which words should be stressed):

    1) IZ Paul at HOME?
    2) Is PAUL at HOME?

    The context is simple - I'm talking with Paul's sister who has just opened the door.
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    Re: Where should the tonic stress be?

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    In the case of the most common and simple query in this sort of situation, which I think is what you mean, I would probably only stress "Paul".
    Most of the time, I would also drop the preposition: "Is Paul home?".
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    Re: Where should the tonic stress be?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    In the case of the most common and simple query in this sort of situation, which I think is what you mean, I would probably only stress "Paul".
    Most of the time, I would also drop the preposition: "Is Paul home?".
    I agree that "Paul" would be stressed but I wouldn't drop the preposition.

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    Re: Where should the tonic stress be?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I agree that "Paul" would be stressed but I wouldn't drop the preposition.
    I probably would drop it, but it is not incorrect.

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