Lesson 37. Hey, Wait for Me!
Strong and Weak Forms: Pronouns
|Some words have two different pronunciations - a strong form and a weak
form. Normally we use the weak form, but if the word is stressed
because it is especially important, or because we want to show a
contrast, we use the strong form. Most pronouns have strong and weak
|Listen to the difference, and repeat.
A: Will you be at the meeting on Friday? (you is weak)
B: Yes. Will you be there? (you is strong)
Can you help me carry this suitcase? (me is weak)
Hey, wait for me! (me is strong)
A: Is he there? (he is weak)
A: The boss.
B: No. Everybody else is working, but he's gone home! (he is strong)
A: She doesn't smoke or drink! (she is strong)
B: Ah, that's what she told you! (she is weak)
A: Look - it's him! (him is strong)
B: Where? I can't see him. (him is weak)
A: Do you know thar woman?
B: Her? No, I don't recognise her. (first her is strong, second her is weak)
A: I'm afraid we can't stay any longer. (we is weak)
B: What do you mean, "we"? I've got plenty of time. (we is strong)
A: They told us to go this way. (us is weak)
B: Well, they didn't tell us! (us is strong)
When I said, "Give them a drink" I didn't mean them, I meant the people (first them is weak, second them is strong)
Listen and mark the underlined words w (weak) or s (strong).
|Listen and complete the sentences.
What did she say?
1 What _______do you think about it?
2 Where _______shall we go tonight?
3 _______He's ready _______for you now.
4 Where _______is he?
5 _______Tell them to come in.
6 _______Are you feeling all right?
7 Tell _______me the news.
8 I _______know her phone number but not _______her address.
Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat.
|Listen and repeat this poem. Be careful to speak with the correct
rhythm. Stress the words in bold, and use weak forms of the pronouns
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