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    Word Stress Within a Sentence

    Hi, when I pronounce the question: Where did you put it? and I want to know where someone put something (Without putting the emphasize on the person. There is just one person and he knows that I'm asking him) I hear some stress on "Where" and "put". Am I correct?

    Where did you put it? (lower stress on the WH question, higher stress on put)
    [ˌwɛər dɪdʒə ˈpʊ_dɪt?]

    I suppose "put it" is not a phrasal verb in the question above, so we don't need to stress the particle. When I don't emphasize the person like I said above I think "did you" doesn't need to be stressed. Am I right?
    Last edited by Zoli; 27-Mar-2015 at 16:31.

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    Re: Word Stress Within a Sentence

    You are correct about the stresses.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 02-Apr-2015 at 21:31. Reason: missing word

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    Re: Word Stress Within a Sentence

    Yes, 'did you' does not need to be stressed. The word 'put' should carry the primary stress.

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    Re: Word Stress Within a Sentence

    Yes. The stress usually goes on put.

    Some exceptions:

    If you didn't put it in your pocket, then where did you put it?

    I know when you put it away, but where did you put it?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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