Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Emphasis in English Part I

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The English language uses the following means to make a word or a word-group prominent:

1) Using intonation in spoken language, prominent stress in word-group, or using bold type, italics, underlines, … can be used to express emphasis.

Eg: I have seen him. I have seen him lately.

2) A word or a word-group becomes emphatic when it is put in any abnormal position:


Strangely fast fled his days in the valley.

Down, down they ski off the hill.

Foot steps, quick and light, mounted the stairs and went into the next room.

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