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Unit 55. Here? Yes, Here!

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Asking and Checking Tones

Unit 55; Part A

 
idea.jpgImportant for listening! 
Questions can be pronounced with the voice going up at the end or going down at the end. You can hear the difference in this conversation. Two people are fixing a place to meet. Listen to the way A pronounces his three questions.

 
           A:    Where?    (A's voice goes down at the end.)
           B:    Here.
           A:    Where?    (A's voice goes up at the end.)
           B:    Here.
           A:    Here?       {A's voice goes up at the end.)
           B:    Yes, here.


A's first question is an 'open' question. The answer could be any place; he nas no idea. A's questions 2 and 3 are 'check' questions. He thinks he knows the answer and he just wants to check. The voice usually goes down at the end of 'open' questions and up at the end of 'check' questions.
 

Unit 55; Part B

 
idea.jpgImportant for listening!
Here is another example. A is asking directions to B's house. Notice how both of them use 'check' questions (in black) to make sure they understand each other. Listen.
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note.jpgNote: In the sentence It's opposite the farm? we know the speaker is asking a question from the context. Also, the voice going up at the end makes it sound like a question.
 
 

 



Exercises

galka.jpgRead these short conversations and tick the questions. Then listen and check.
Key.A: When?
В: Tomorrow.
A: When? √
В: Tomorrow.
A: Tomorrow? √
В: Yes, tomorrow.
 
A: Which way?
B: Left.
A: What? √
B: Left.
A: In front of the shop? √
B: Yes.

1 A: When?
   B: Tomorrow.
   A: When?
   B: Tomorrow.
   A: Tomorrow?
   B: Yes, tomorrow.
2 A: Which way?
   B: Left.
   A: What?
   B: Left.
   A: In front of the shop?
   B: Yes.

Follow up: Listen and repeat A's lines.


flag.jpgListen. You will hear one half of a conversation on a mobile phone. You can tell which way the speaker is going from the check questions. Draw the route on the map.
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flag.jpgListen to the phrases or sentences. Do they sound like questions? Write (?) after the questions and (.) after the ones that are not questions.
Key.1. Right at the lights?
2. Next to the supermarket?
3. It's this one.
4. It's opposite the school?
5. It's a long way.
6. Under the bridge.
7. Take the next left?

Example:
      Go straight across (.)
1    Right at the lights (_)   
2    Next to the supermarket (_)
3    It's this one (_)
4    It's opposite the school (_)
5    It's a long way (_)
6    Under the bridge (_)
7    Take the next left (_)
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