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    intonation

    am I happy or sad?
    why people use a rising tone in "happy" but a falling tone in "sad"?

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    Re: intonation

    When we ask someone to choose from a list of things, we aren't asking a typical question; we're asking the person to select one of a list which we proceed to name. This is the only case I can think of where a question doesn't end in a rising tone.

    Remember to capitalize the first letter of the first word in each sentence.

    Ask Why do people use a rising tone...?

    Thanks for using quotation marks correctly.
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    Re: intonation

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    am I happy or sad?
    why people use a rising tone in "happy" but a falling tone in "sad"?
    If you ask "Am I sad or happy?", the rising tone falls on 'sad'. (In case that was the question.)

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    Re: intonation

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    "Am I happy or sad?"

    Why do people use a rising tone in "happy" but a falling tone in "sad"?
    Note my amendments above. It's important to start every new sentence with a capital letter.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: intonation

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you ask "Am I sad or happy?", the rising tone falls on 'sad'. (In case that was the question.)
    How about "Is it apple or orange?" ?

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    Re: intonation

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    How about "Is it apple or orange?" ?
    That's not grammatical.

    Is it an apple or an orange?

    That would have the same intonation as "Am I happy or sad?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: intonation

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    How about "Is it apple or orange?" ?
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's not grammatical.
    It would be OK in the right context:

    A. Would you like some juice?
    B. Is it apple or orange?

    The meaning of B's response depends on the intonation. If it ends on a rising tone, it means Is it either apple or orange juice (as opposed to mango, grapefruit, or any other kind)?

    If it ends on a falling tone, it means Which kind is it, apple or orange?
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