Business English Presentations- Shifting Stress in Phrases

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Advanced
Grammar Topic: Phonetics
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Published: 4th Nov 2013

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Shifting Stress in Presentation Phrases

The following phrases can change meaning at least a little by changing the word which is 
stressed. Try to do so, marking the stressed words below if that helps. Three different 
meanings might be possible in some cases. 

1. It might shock you to hear that…

It might shock you to hear that…

2. By the end of this presentation you will know the answer.

By the end of this presentation you will know the answer.

3. After this presentation, I hope at least some of you will…

My goal is to change your mind about…, so that next time…

4. For the first part of my presentation,…

For the first part of my presentation,…

5. I will be very happy to answer any questions after I finish.

I will be very happy to answer any questions after I finish.

6. This diagram is a bar chart which shows…

This diagram is a bar chart which shows…

7. If you look at this slide,…

If you look at this slide,…

8. These three bullet points represent…

These three bullet points represent…

9. From what I’ve shown, it should be obvious that…

From what I’ve shown, it should be obvious that…

10. I think all this proves that…

I think all this proves that…

What stress pattern is most common for each of the lines above?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2013

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