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British English intonation and stress: how to ask questions

 

In this lesson I practise of British English pronunciation when asking questions using the following example: “Would you like dinner later?” Please see below.

 

Stress on “would”

Questioner might be checking if they want to eat with them, or want to eat at all.

 

Stress on “you”

Questioner could be talking to a group of different people, or asking specifically if the other person wants to.

 

Stress on “like”

Focusing on whether other person actually wants dinner later.

 

Stress on “dinner”

Questioner may offer other activities if response is negative.

 

Stress on “later”

Asking whether other person wants dinner later or sooner (i.e. now).

 

Useful questions

What’s your name?

Hi, what’s your name?

What do you do? (What is your job?)

Hi, what do you do?

How old are you? (Intrigued.)

Where are you from?

Which country are you from?

I’m from England. Which country are you from?

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