Lesson 37. Hey, Wait for Me!
Strong and Weak Forms: Pronouns
|Some words have two different pronunciations - a strong form and a weakform. Normally we use the weak form, but if the word is stressedbecause it is especially important, or because we want to show acontrast, we use the strong form. Most pronouns have strong and weakforms. |
|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 youthink 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 correctrhythm. Stress the words in bold, and use weak forms of the pronounsbetween them.|
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