How do different stresses change the meaning of the sentence “I don’t know”

If one says “I don’t know” in 3 different ways, like, when they stress “I”, “don’t” and “know” respectively. How does the meaning of this sentence change? Answer When you put a stress on “I” in “I don’t know,” you’re actually making a distinction between who you are talking about: “I” don’t know! (not him, … Read more

How does the pitch change through the phrase “a gorgeous young model”?

When one pronounces the phrase a gorgeous young model in a very normal way (without any special stress to emphasize a specific meaning), which word will be said in the highest pitch, which word will be said in the lowest pitch and which word will receive the middle range? Information added later: Yeah, I mean … Read more

How to stress Phrasal verb?

Many people told me that the particle is stressed when it comes to Intransitive Phrasal Verb. (like “warm up” in this video (Text: Winter’s over, the weather’s starting to warm up) However, I caught the speaker in this audio stressed the verb “warm”, not the particle “up”. So… Which one, the verb or the … Read more

for words ending in “ing”, what parts are stressed?

For words ending in the -ing suffix, is the suffix stressed? Unstressed? Does adding the -ing suffix affect the stress of the other syllables? Example: (u is untressed, ‘ is stressed) Deteriorate is (U ‘ U U ‘), is deteriorating (U ‘ U U ‘ U)? Is it (U ‘ U U ‘ ‘)? Answer … Read more

Sentence stress

I’m struggling to understand the sentence stress in the following sentences: Why don’t we watch a comedy film? I’m pretty sure that ‘don’t’, ‘watch’, ‘comedy’, and ‘film’ are stressed; why is a wh-question so it should be stressed as well, but when i repeat the sentence in my mind it sounds very odd. Any opinion? … Read more

If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks?

If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks? e.g. Everyone’s so intimidated by “big data.” Answer Italics are used for emphasis and to identify words as words. However, in this case, big data is not really being emphasized in terms of pronunciation, nor, as the … Read more

Correct stress when pronouncing “covet”

When pronounce word “covet” should I give stress to “o” or to “e”? I searched Emma Saying channel for this word and there are two videos with different pronunciation so I’m not sure if this source is even correct. Answer Just try a few more sources such as – you’ll see that the stress … Read more

Do syllables only contain one vowel? Also Some questions on word stress

For this word: ○ recommend ○/ˌrekəˈmend/ 1) /rekə/ is the first syllable. Does it contain two vowels? ■ e is a vowel ■ ə is a vowel I thought syllables can only contain one vowel? 2) the [ ‘]symbol before /rekə/ means that /rekə/ is stressed. So why is the “o” in “reco” reduced to … Read more

What’s up with the pronunciation of “awry”?

I was just watching a show where someone said “awry“. I have noted this numerous times before and wondered, but now I just have to understand: Why is it pronounced as “aww-rye” [low tone on the aww] instead of “aww-ree” [high tone on the aww]? Answer PLEASE NOTE: English is not a tonal language like … Read more