Lesson 38. And what's His Name?
Strong and weak forms: Possessives, conjunctions, prepositions
|Listen to the difference, and repeat.
Give me your hand! (your is weak)
A: Your turn! (your is strong)
B: No, it's your turn! (your is strong)
A: That's our new neighbour.
B: And what's his name? (and and his are weak)
A: No, her! (her is strong)
B: Oh, sorry. What's her name? (her is strong)
A: She must be rich - look at her car! (her is weak)
B: I think that's his car, actually! (his is strong)
A: They've sold their old house, I see. (their is weak)
B: They've sold their house, yes, but they haven't bought another one yet. (their is strong)
A: Would you like some ice cream or some cake?(some is weak)
B: I'd like some ice cream and some cake, please! (and is strong, some is weak)
A: Do you like those sweets? (do and you are weak)
B: Well, some of them are good, (some is strong, of and them are weak)
The shop's closed from one to two. (from and to are weak)
There's a bus to the village at six, but there's no bus back from there tonight. (to and from are strong, at is weak)
|Many possessives, conjunctions and prepositions 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.
|* The r at the end of these words is pronounced before a vowel. What's your_address? What was their_answer? Come in for_a minute.
** to is pronounced /tu:/ before a vowel sound. to_a party
Listen and mark the underlined words w (weak) or s (strong). Key1 They went out and(w) left their(w) children at(w) home.
|Read and listen to these poems. Then listen again and repeat. Be careful to speak with the correct rhythm.
|Use the weak form of and.
You and me
you and me
cake and tea
bread and cheese
twos and threes
this and that
thin and fat
left and right
day and night
now and then
where and when
|Use the weak form of of.
a cup of tea
a new CD
a bottle of wine
and plenty of time
|Use the weak form of but.
A walk? But if s too late.
To the town? But it's too far.
Some sightseeing? But it's too dark.
A restaurant? But it's too expensive.
A game of chess? But it's so boring.
Read a book? But my eyes are so tired.
Study some English? But it's so difficult
But let's do something.
|Use the weak form of at.
I remember it well
We met at a conference.
Or maybe at a party.
A party at a hotel.
Or perhaps at someone's house.
It was at lunchtime.
No, it was late at night.
Yes, and you were sitting at a table.
Or maybe standing at a window.
You looked at me and smiled.
No, you looked at me and laughed at me.
Yes, I remember it well.
|Use the weak form of your.
A change of plan
Eat your sandwich.
Drink your tea.
Comb your hair.
Brush your teeth.
Put your shoes on.
Pack your bag.
Get your keys.
What do you mean, you've
changed your mind?
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