Emphasis in English

Ref : EL0053BH07

Theme : Everyday English

Contributor : Bill Horncastle

Bill Horncastle’s background is linguistics, his family is bilingual English - French, and he has taught in the private and public sector in the UK for the last 40 years. He understands the needs and priorities of many English learners from university students to business people.

Video Summary

How to show that one part of your sentence is more important than the others

Learning Objectives

To recognise and eventually produce..

  1. sentence stress ( part of intonation)
  2. contrastive stress (another part of intonation)
  3. cleft sentences (“fronting” of one part of the sentence)
  4. negative inversion (“fronting” of the negative part of the sentence)

Key Words

Sentences, emphasis, stress, intonation, inversion, fronting, contrast