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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.

跟我读:

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:

你喜欢吃面条还是米饭

你想今天去还是明天去

开车上班还是坐车上班

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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