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    Default Making an exercise

    Hello,

    could you tell me if the following exchanges of phrases sound natural? (I am going to use them as a phonetic exercise for my students)

    1) Joseph works so hard… - He has a family(!)
    2) Emma is Joe’s younger sister, isn’t she? - She is his elder(!) sister.

    3) As far as I remember, Jack lives in a house. - He lives in a flat(!).
    4) I don’t think he has a family. - He has a big(!) family.
    5) I want to ask her out on a date tomorrow. - She has plans (!).
    6) .....................................???? - She has many(!) plans.
    7) Tom's flat is very spaceous. - He lives in a little(!) flat.
    8) I think this girl is Ben's new girlfriend. - She is his sister(!).

    I have put an exclamation mark (!) to show that the sentence is pronouced emphatically with a tonic stress on the word with (!).
    Could you think of some suitable sentence in 6)?
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    Default Re: Making an exercise

    Sorry for changing the post (and boosting it), but I think now it will look simpler and more native speakers (not only teachers) will have a chance to try and help me
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: Making an exercise

    What is the point of all the exclamation marks in brackets?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Making an exercise

    Sorry, I have been away on holidays .
    Now coming back to my post.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What is the point of all the exclamation marks in brackets?
    They are not actually exlamations, in this way I tried to show the tonic stress (logical stress), but the intonation there is rather emhpatic, not neutral. My question is: With logial stress marked as (!) (or in some other way) do the micro dialogues sound natural? Can one imagine situations in which it would be a normal exchange between native speakers?

    If (hopefully ) your answer is yes - could you help me with some suitable phrase in Number 6?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 10-Aug-2013 at 10:45.
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    Default Re: Making an exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Sorry, I have been away on holidays .
    Now coming back to my post.


    They are not actually exlamations, in this way I tried to show the tonic stress (logical stress), but the intonation there is rather emhpatic, not neutral. My question is: With logial stress marked as (!) (or in some other way) do the micro dialogues sound natural? Can one imagine situations in which it would be a normal exchange between native speakers?

    If (hopefully ) your answer is yes - could you help me with some suitable phrase in Number 6?
    Looks good!
    My only (unrelated) comment is that spacious is spelled incorrectly and the adjective "tiny" is often used to describe a small, cramped, or non-spacious apartment (flat). The adjective "little" would be more natural if the sentence was "...flat is very big".
    For number 6, you can use a simple sentence like "She doesn't have any time to go on a date tomorrow night?". The response "She has many plans" with a tone on "many" emphasizes that there are too many plans and not enough time.

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    Default Re: Making an exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    They are not actually exlamations, in this way I tried to show the tonic stress (logical stress), but the intonation there is rather emhpatic, not neutral. My question is: With logial stress marked as (!) (or in some other way) do the micro dialogues sound natural? Can one imagine situations in which it would be a normal exchange between native speakers?

    If (hopefully ) your answer is yes - could you help me with some suitable phrase in Number 6?
    - The traditional way to stress a word in English is with italics.
    - Not it's not.
    - Yes, it is.

    6) She's never had a plan in her life.

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    Thanks for your useful advice!

    6) She's never had a plan in her life.
    Will it be all right if I write in 6 the following (I'd rather not use the Present Perfect yet):
    She has no plans for tomorrow. - She has many plans.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thanks for your useful advice!


    Will it be all right if I write in 6 the following (I'd rather not use the Present Perfect yet):
    She has no plans for tomorrow. - She has many plans.
    Yes.

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