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Today we will learn more intonation in sentences: the Intonation of Alternative Question.

We have learnt the intonation of an affirmative-negative question. Please pay attention to the following three points:

  1. the affirmative part is stressed while the negative part is unstressed
  2. the affirmative-negative phrase is read fast
  3. the intonation falls gradually after the stressed word.


1. 你中午睡不睡觉?

2. 你吃不吃米饭?

3. 你有没有时间帮我找房子?

Today we’ll focus on the intonation of an alternative question.

In this kind of question, the alternatives are stressed, for example:




Have you notice that the former alternatives 面条、今天去、开车上班 are a bit slow in a rising intonation and the latter alternatives 米饭、明天去、坐车上班 are in a falling intonation.

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HSK Standard Course Level 2: 2.3

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