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    Main stress in a sentence

    I have a question, and I cannot find a proper answer anywhere.

    So, how can I understand what word in a sentence is main stressed?

    Especially, after particular questions, for example:
    Who’s that man over there? He’s my driving (1) instructor (2).
    Is she a Hollywood celebrity?
    Yes, she’s won an Academy (1) Award (2).
    What’s the matter?
    We’ve run out of drinking (1) water (2).
    What would you like for dessert?
    I’d like a carrot (1) cake (2), please.
    Where’s Sarah?
    She’s gone to the fish (1) market (2).

    Which words in these answers are main stressed and why?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Main stress in a sentence

    Where did you find these questions? Please quote the source of anything you didn't write yourself. Why do you have to answer them?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Main stress in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Where did you find these questions? Please quote the source of anything you didn't write yourself. Why do you have to answer them?

    It's from Eurasian Linguistics Olympiad: http://www.olimpiada.ru/activity/5003/tasks

    I'm just curious about this exercise.

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    #4

    Re: Main stress in a sentence

    Bold = stressed

    driving
    instructor
    Academy Award
    drinking
    water
    carrot cake
    fish market

    What do you make of this pattern?
    Last edited by Raymott; 02-Mar-2016 at 23:00. Reason: Insert "you"

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    Re: Main stress in a sentence

    The following stress patterns make a difference in my native-speaking yet non-professional opinion:

    He's a Spanish teacher. (He's a teacher who teaches the Spanish language.)
    He's a Spanish teacher. (He's a teacher from Spain.)

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