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Unit 51. I Think You're In My Seat.

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Emphasising Important Words


Unit 51; Part A

Listen to this conversation. Notice that the speakers 'underline' the words which are most important in their argument.
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Unit 51; Part B

Listen to this conversation. Notice how the speaker 'underlines' a different word in her second request. In the first request, what is important is what the passenger must do. In the second request, it is when he should do it.
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Unit 51; Part C

The word which is more important depends on the context. Listen to these sentences. Notice that the speaker 'underlines' different words in the different contexts.

Sentence
Could I have a glass of water too, please?
Context
A passenger asked the stewardess for a tomato juice and wants water too.
Could I have a glass of water, too, please?
A passenger asked for water and now the next passenger is asking for the same.
You have to check in at five.
A travel agent is telling a customer the check-in time.
You have to check in at five.
You are talking to your friend who is worried because she thinks her flight is at five and she could miss it.

 



Exercises

flag.jpgIn each of these conversations, A has to repeat the request, but 'underlining' a different word. Which word? Underline one word in the third line of each conversation. Then listen and check.
Key.1  A: A black coffee please.
    B: Sorry, do you want milk with your coffee?
    A: No, a black coffee, please.
2  A: What's your nationality?
    B: Well, my wife's an American citizen.
    A: Yes, but what's your nationality, sir?
3  A: What time is it?
    B: Well, the clocks changed last night ...
    A: So what time is it then?

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Follow up: Listen again and repeat A's lines.

 
flag.jpgThe sentences in the contexts a and b below are the same, but with different pronunciation. You will hear each sentence twice, once for context a and once for context b. Listen and decide which you hear first, context a or context b. Write 1 and 2 in the boxes.
Key.l a-l, b-2
2 a-l, b-2
3 a-2, b-1
4 a-l, b-2

Example:
      a I think that's my bag. 
        She's not completely sure that it's her bag.
      b I think that's my bag. 
         Another person is picking up her bag.
1    a Is that your phone? ___
        He can hear an electronic sound from someone's pocket.
1    b Is that your phone? ___
         He can see somebody's mobile phone on the seat.
2    a Is your seat 29 F? ___
        She is not sure she heard the number correctly.
2    b Is your seat 29 F? ___
        She is not sure she heard the letter correctly.
3    a Is there a bank in this terminal? ___
         He knows there is a bank in the other terminal but not if there is one in this terminal.
3    b Is there a bank in this terminal? ___
         He is looking for a bank.
4    a Where's the svomen's toilet? ___
         She is looking for the toilet.
4    b Where's the women's toilet? ___
         She can see the men's toilet, but nor the women's. 

Follow up: Record yourself saying the sentence for context a or b. Make a note of which one you choose. Then use your recording to do the exercise again in about two weeks.


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