I’m trying to identify sentence stresses, and im not sure how you would go about it. I seem to identify them, but it seems to me that the stresses would be different depending on how you say the sentence.
For example, with the following sentences:
1) Would you mind closing the window?
What would you say the stresses are? I think its "would", "closing", and "window".
2) His name’s on the tip of my tongue
what would the stresses be here? I would say "name’s", "tip", and "tongue".
3) She’s a generous person
What are the stresses here? I would say "generous", and "person".
Have i correctly identified the stresses in each of the sentences? And if not, what are the stresses and why?
I would appreciate the help.
17 January, 2013 at 11:27
Total posts: 9
Reply To: Sentence Stresses
You’d be correct in your judging those stressed words because those are bits that give your sentence the meaning you want to give it. They distinguish your sentences from others with a different meaning.
A little excercise to give yourself: Can you change and identify the emotions of the sentences if you put the stresses on any of the other words? Keep the wording exactly the same though
NB. There are lots of combinations just as there are lots of human emotions!