Thought Groups, Rhythm, and Word Stress – #79470

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Thought Groups, Rhythm, and Word Stress – #79470

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Important Points to Remember:

The rhythm of English is caused by the stress that we add to certain words. Those words sound stronger and longer.

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YES: The bosses have been giving their reports.

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NO: The bosses have been giving their reports.

We spend more time saying the stressed words. This means that we spend less
time on the unstressed words.

The time it takes to say a sentence doesn’t depend on how many words are in it.
It depends on how many stressed words are in the sentence.

It takes roughly the same amount of time to say each sentence, even though
they have different numbers of words.

IMPROVE SKILLS.
You can IMPROVE your SKILLS.
He didn’t IMPROVE his SKILLS.
Will you IMPROVE your SKILLS?
He should’ve IMPROVED his SKILLS.

Or:

SET GOALS at WORK.
She’s about to SET GOALS at WORK.
They’re SETTING GOALS when they WORK.
You’ve got to SET GOALS at WORK.

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