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  1. Nick79
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    word stress

    I'm not sure where the main stresses are in the following sentence. I know that 'knew' will have one but I'm not sure about if and from.

    "If only I knew where it was from!"

    Is anybody able to helpout with this one?
    thanks

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    Re: word stress

    "knew" and "from".

    "If I only knew where it was from."


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    Re: word stress

    The stress will also depend on what you want to emphasize:

    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from


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    Re: word stress

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The stress will also depend on what you want to emphasize:

    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from
    If only I knew where it was from

    I think you could have allowed yourself this one too Anglika:
    "If only I knew where it was from" (pretty unlikely, but I bet I could dream up an appropriate context.

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    Re: word stress

    I considered the variations suggested by Anglika and BobK.

    Anglika, you wrote " If only I knew where it was from".

    Could you describe a situation where soemone would find it necessary to stress this, and only this word in a sentence?

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    Re: word stress

    "I've got a pretty good idea, but if only I knew where it was from for certain." I don't think your 'and only this' requirement is reasonable. Utterances typically have several; in your original post you marked more than one. But one is primary, and "knew" has primary stress in this sentence. The point Anglika and I were making is that the original question lacked a context, and context can change stress radically.

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    Indeed in all fairness there should be more context before a definite stress pattern can be determined. Understood and agreed. Thanks for the example.

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