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    "I would have come if I'd been able to"

    Show two different ways of indicating the normal stress pattern in the above sentence. (words that are stressed in norma speech)

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    It depends on the meaning- the stress would normally fall on the key words. 'Able' and 'come' could both be steressed, but you could also stress 'I' if that was important, or 'would'.

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