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    Please I was woundering if someone could help me with this question my son has set me

    Explain the difference between the following pairs of
    sentences. Are there any pronunciation differences?

    1. She read the letter which upset me.
    She read the letter, which upset me.

    2. He keeps his canary in the bathroom.
    He keeps his canary in the bathroom?

    3. They went to Austria and Italy.
    They went to Austria and Italy ...

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    Re: Test

    Quote Originally Posted by tom c View Post
    Hi everyone
    Please I was woundering if someone could help me with this question my son has set me

    Explain the difference between the following pairs of
    sentences. Are there any pronunciation differences?

    1. She read the letter which upset me. In this instance, it is the letter which has upset the other person.
    It could be a letter which contained bad news from a friend, so it had caused "her" to be upset.
    She read the letter, which upset me. In this instance, she is reading a letter which could be any letter, and the fact that it is being read is upsetting. It could be a letter which the other person thought was a secret, and knowing that it has been read by someone else is upsetting.

    2. He keeps his canary in the bathroom.
    He keeps his canary in the bathroom? The question mark at the end here indicates that you would raise your voice a bit in tone to indicate that you think it's strange or silly to keep the canary in the bathroom.

    3. They went to Austria and Italy. These two are identical, did you leave something out?
    They went to Austria and Italy ...
    I am not a teacher.
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    Re: Test

    They went to Austria and Italy.
    They went to Austria and Italy...


    In terms of pronunciation, the first sentence would be said as a declarative statement: They went to Austria and Italy.

    The second sentence, however, ends with a three-dot elipsis, which indicates that there is more information forthcoming, or that you are leaving the statement open-ended. So when saying it out loud, "and Italy" would be spoken as if you were going to say another word after "Italy." You would very subtly sustain the last syllable of the word "Italy" to indicate the ellipsis.

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    Re: Test

    Quote Originally Posted by tom c View Post
    Hi everyone
    Please I was woundering if someone could help me with this question my son has set me

    Explain the difference between the following pairs of
    sentences. Are there any pronunciation differences?

    1. She read the letter which upset me. There are several letters. One upset you. (That would be better than which.)
    She read the letter, which upset me. There is one letter. It upset you. (Which is correct.)

    2. He keeps his canary in the bathroom. The bathroom is where he keeps the canary.
    He keeps his canary in the bathroom? You can't believe your ears: He keeps his canary in the bathroom?

    3. They went to Austria and Italy. The period ends the sentence.
    They went to Austria and Italy ... The elipsis tells us the sentence continues.
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