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Strong forms & weak forms Huang Wanmei. Strong forms & Weak forms Strong forms: stressed forms Weak forms: unstressed forms (schwa /  /)

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1 Strong forms & weak forms Huang Wanmei

2 Strong forms & Weak forms Strong forms: stressed forms Weak forms: unstressed forms (schwa /  /)

3 WordsStrong VowelsWeak Vowels at /  //  / has /  //  / she /  ://  / could /  //  /

4 How are strong forms changed into weak forms? From strong vowels to weak ones /  / –Prepositions at for from of to –Aux verbs am are can do does had has have must shall should was were will would –Adverbs conjunctions articles a an and as but some than that the –Pronouns her them us you your

5 From strong vowels to weak ones /  / –be been he him his she we /  / dropping –Weak forms which drop their initial /  / except at the beginning of utterances –had has had have he her him his

6 Rhythm of English Rhythm in English speech is based on stress. A rhythm unit is formed by a stresses syllable, together with unstressed syllables and 2 and 3 and 4 1 and a 2 and a 3 and a 4 1 and then a 2 and then a 3 and then a 4

7 Tom John Steve Sam Thomson Johnson Steven Samson Thomson and Johnson and Steven and Samson Thomson and then Johnson and then Steven and then Samson

8 Patterns of rhythm 1.Sentences with two stressed syllables   Come here. Do it now. Leave it alone. They did it well. I think he ought to.

9 2.Sentences with three stressed syllables.    Don’t go now. Sam works hard. I think he wants us to go. I’m sorry I’m late again. I wonder if he’ll tell them in advance.

10 3.Sentences with four stressed syllables.     He used to play it every day. She ought to know the way by now. You said that he wanted us to come for the party.


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