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    stress

    Give it to me please. Would the stress be on give?

    Where you from? I'd say where

    A cup of tea please? I'd say cup


    Can anyone help me with these it be much appreciated thank you.

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    Re: stress

    Please use quotation marks or italics to distinguish between what you are saying and quoted sentences.

    I will bold the stressed syllables. My comments will be in red.

    Give it to me please.

    Where you from? (Note that this is not standard English. "Where are you from?" would be standard.)

    A cup of tea please? ("Please" will receive some stress too, perhaps as much as "tea".)

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    Re: stress

    Welcome to the forum, marinero.

    The stress could be on almost any word, depending on the message you wish to convey. I've given examples with your second sentence (and added the missing 'are'):

    Where are you from? (I didn't quite hear you when you told me before.)
    Where are you from? (You have avoided answering this so far, but now I want the answer.)
    Where are you from? (I have asked everybody else; now I am asking you/I have told you where I come from; now it's your turn.)
    Where are you from? (I asked you where you come from originally, not which hotel you are staying in this week).
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    In a fairly neutral initial enquiry, where and from would bear similar stress.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-May-2012 at 17:17. Reason: yet another typo

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    Re: stress

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
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    I will bold the stressed syllables. My comments will be in red.

    Give it to me please.

    Where you from? (Note that this is not standard English. "Where are you from?" would be standard.)

    A cup of tea please? ("Please" will receive some stress too, perhaps as much as "tea".)
    BC is quite right to say that'Where are you from?' is standard. However, colloquially the verb is reduced, to give something that is often written as 'Where're you from?'. Students who learn chiefly by ear tend not to be aware of the "'re" - but it's there.

    Also, contrastive stress can come into it. Again, BC is right to stress 'where; and 'from' - that's the regular stress. However, context can change it. If there are 4 people, and you've asked each of them 'Where are you from?' and then a fifth arrives late. The question then is 'And where are you from?' (I've heard this stress recently on CSI, but contrast was not a matter of simple numbers. It was a forensic worker at the scene of a crime, finding a bug that didn't belong in that part of the country who said to the bug 'Where are you from? You're a long way from home.'

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