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    Am I stressing correct words? March 22

    Hi,

    The bold words in the following text represent stressed words. Would a native speaker stress these words if they read the text?

    A man had two daughters. One was married to a farmer and the other to a brick marker. The man wanted to give one wish to each daughter. He went to the daughter who had married the farmer and asked how she was and if there is anything she needed. The daughter said everything is fine father. I only have one wish. I wish that it will rain so that my husband’s plants will grow.

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    Re: Am I stressing correct words? March 22

    Hi musicgold

    As a NES, the stresses I would probably have given in reading the passsage would have been:

    A man had two daughters. One was married to a farmer and the other to a brick-maker. The man wanted to give one wish to each daughter. He went to the daughter who had married the farmer and asked how she was and if there is anything she needed. The daughter said everything is fine father. I only have one wish. I wish that it will rain so that my husband’s plants will grow.

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Am I stressing correct words? March 22

    Here's my version, with primary and secondary stress and unstressed syllables. As we said in a similar thread, there are several possibilities.

    A man had two daughters. One was married to a farmer and the other to a brick marker. The man wanted to give one wish to each daughter. He went to the daughter who had married the farmer and asked how she was and if there is anything she needed. The daughter said everything is fine father. I only have one wish. I wish that it will rain so that my husband’s plants will grow.

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    Re: Am I stressing correct words? March 22

    Thank you folks.

    Just one follow up question.

    A man had two daughters.
    Actually I was confident about this sentence so I left it black. Both of you stressed only 'two'. I thought 'man' should also be stressed as that was the first sentence of the story and it introduced the man to the reader. What was your reason behind not stressing 'man'?

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    Re: Am I stressing correct words? March 22

    ]If you had just told a story about a woman, then I would have stressed 'man'. Others might stress 'man' anyway.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Mar-2011 at 09:33. Reason: final word added for clarification

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