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In previous weeks we have learnt the stress pattern of words with 2, 3 and 4 syllables.Today we will look at the stresses in sentences.

Stresses in sentences

Some parts of a sentence may be stressed just because of their grammatical functions, without conveying any special idea or mood. This kind of stress is called syntactic stress. Some common rules include stress on predicates, complements, attributive phrases and adverbial phrases.

First, stress the Predicate

学习汉语。Wǒ xuéxí hànyǔ.

他哥哥一名医生。Tā gēge shì yī míng yīshēng.

王小姐了几件衣服。Wáng xiǎojiě mǎi le jǐ jiàn yīfu.

Stressing the Complement

他们高兴得跳了起来。Tāmen gāoxìng dé tiàole qǐlái.

大卫打篮球打得非常好。Dà wèi dǎ lánqiú dǎ dé fēicháng hǎo.

今天的羊肉做得很好吃。Jīntiān de yángròu zuò dé hěn hào chī.

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