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Stressing key words

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Hi there!

During this lesson we're going to learn how to stress key words to change the meaning of a sentence.

It's important which words we stress or emphasize in any sentence, as the meaning can change completely by emphasising different key words within the same sentence.

Here are some examples:

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings Means: She, as opposed to another person.

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings Means: She really likes playing tennis.

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings Means: She likes playing as opposed to just watching tennis.

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings Means: She likes playing tennis as opposed to another sport.

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings Means: She likes to play tennis on Saturday mornings as opposed to any other morning of the week.

She likes playing tennis on Saturday mornings Means: She likes to play tennis on Saturdays in the morning as opposed to in the afternoon, in the evening, or at night.

(Note that in the last 2 sentences, I said to play tennis instead of playing tennis. The reason for this was to give more emphasis on when she does something as opposed to what she does).

So, now that you know how to link words together, try chatting with some new friends on GoSpeakEnglish and ask them if they know the difference between the following two sentences:

1. I didn't say that we should all take our clothes off! or:

2. I didn't say that; we should all take our clothes off!

And that's the end of this lesson!

Now you can see if you've understood the video, and do the test on GoSpeakEnglish. You can also watch many other English video lessons on GoSpeakEnglish.

Thanks, and I hope to see you again soon!
 

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