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Lesson 44. Not Half Past Two, Half Past Three.

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Intonation for Old and New Information

Lesson 44; Part A

44.1.jpgimportant.jpgWe often use different intonation for old information and new information. Sometimes we repeat the old information with the same words but different intonation. Listen.
A: What time are we meeting? Did you say half past two?
B: No, not half past two half past threе
.
(Two is old information; three is new information.)
A: Edinburgh's one of my favourite places in England.
B: But Edinburgh isn't in England
, it's in Scotland
(Edinburgh and England are old information; Scotland is new information.)

Lesson 44; Part B

important.jpgSometimes we only say the old information.
Listen.

A: Edinburgh's one of my favourite places in England.
B: But Edinburgh isn't in England
!

Lesson 44; Part C

important.jpgSometimes we say the old information in different words.
Listen.

A: Look - that wine costs £100!
В: Yes, it's expensive
, but everything in this shop's expensive!
(Expensive is the same information as costs £100.)

Lesson 44; Part D

important.jpgSometimes we only talk about part of the old information.
Listen.

A: I thought that film was really good.
B: Well, I thought the тusiс
was good.
(The music is part of the film.) 



Exercises


wizard.jpgListen and mark the intonation of the words in bold. Key1    A: How about meeting on Tuesday or Thursday at one o'clock? B: I can come on Tuesday↑, but not before two↓ o'clock.
2    A: Let's go to the beach and have a swim. B: Well, I'll come to the beach↑ with you, but I'll probably just do some sunbathing↓.
3    A: Which shop are you talking about? Is it on the corner? B: Well, it isn't on the corner↑, exactly, but it's very near there.
4    A: When I was at school I was good at maths and physics. B: I was good at maths↑, but my best subject was music.

  1. A: How about meeting on Tuesday or Thursday at one o'clock?
    B: I can come on Tuesday, but not before two o'clock.
  2. A: Let's go to the beach and have a swim.
    B: Well, I'll come to the beach with you, but I'll probably just do some sunbathing.
  3. A: Which shop are you talking about? Is it on the corner?
    B: Well, it isn't on the corner, exactly, but it's very near there.
  4. A: When I was at school I was good at maths and physics.
    B: I was good at maths, but my best subject was music.
Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat.

wizard.jpgListen and mark the intonation of the words in bold.Key1 A: Maybe we could have dinner on Thursday or Friday? B: Well, I'm free on Thursday.
2    A: Let's have a quick drink at the pub and then go somewhere to eat. B: Well, I've got time to go to the pub for half an hour.
3    A: Are the shops open in the evenings and on Sundays? B: Well, I know they're open in the evenings.
4    A: My favourite school subjects were history and geography. B: Really? I liked geography...

  1. A: Maybe we could have dinner on Thursday or Friday?
    B: Well, I'm free on Thursday.
  2. A: Let's have a quick drink at the pub and then go somewhere to eat.
    B: Well, I've got time to go to the pub for half an hour.
  3. A: Are the shops open in the evenings and on Sundays?
    B: Well, I know they're open in the evenings.
  4. A: My favourite school subjects were history and geography.
    B: Really? I liked geography ...

Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat


wizard.jpgListen and mark the intonation of the words in bold. Key1 A: It's freezing today! B: It's pretty cold, yes, but it's good weather for walking, so let's go!
2    A: Did you go to university in Europe? B: I didn't study there, no, I just travelled around.
3    A: Did you come on the ferry? B: No, I like travelling by sea, but it takes too long.
4    A: We've got plenty of time - we're leaving at four. B: That's the departure time, yes, but we have to be there by three.

  1. A: It's freezing today!
    B: It's pretty cold, yes, but it's good weather for walking, so let's go!
  2. A: Did you go to university in Europe?
    B: I didn't study there, no, I just travelled around.
  3. A: Did you come on the ferry?
    B: No, I like travelling by sea, but it takes too long.
  4. A: We've got plenty of time - we're leaving at four.
    B: That's the departure time, yes, but we have to be there by three.

Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat.


wizard.jpgListen and mark the intonation of the words in bold. Key1    A: Are the shops open at the weekend? B: I know they're open on Saturdays.
2    A: What did you think of the band? B: The singer was good.
3    A: Have you been sightseeing yet? B: We've been to the castle - that's all we had time for today.
4    A: Can I have something non-alcoholic? B: We've got some orange juice ... or some mineral water ...

  1. A: Are the shops open at the weekend?
    B: I know they're open on Saturdays.
  2. A: What did you think of the band?
    B: The singer was good.
  3. A: Have you been sightseeing yet?
    B: We've been to the castle - that's all we had time for today.
  4. A: Can I have something non-alcoholic?
    B: We've got some orange juice ... or some mineral water ...
Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat


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