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    Stressing the pronoun or not?

    Hi, the phrase: "I agree" phonetically looks like [ aɪ(y)əˈgri ] there are three syllables: 1 2ə 3gri
    The third syllable is stressed in the dictionary. Because the first syllable ends with a vowel and the second starts with a vowel I connected them with the (y) glide.

    [ aɪ(y)əˈgri ] Although it's always true that any word can be stressed to give it emphasis, there is a default unemphatic accent. I'm not sure if the pronoun "I" needs any stress in a normal context like:

    Q: Do you agree with me?
    A: I agree.

    Should I stress the word "I" or not?

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    Re: Stressing the pronoun or not?

    You don't need to stress it if it's simply a statement of agreement. If you're about to tell the person that although you agree, other people might not, you would probably stress "I".

    Q: Do you agree?
    A: Well, I ​agree with you but I doubt anyone else will.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Stressing the pronoun or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You don't need to stress it if it's simply a statement of agreement. If you're about to tell the person that although you agree, other people might not, you would probably stress "I".

    Q: Do you agree?
    A: Well, I ​agree with you but I doubt anyone else will.
    Thank you. I appreciate it.

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    Re: Stressing the pronoun or not?

    You're welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves time for everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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