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  • Did you go to the party? What did you bring to the party? Party - party. In this American

  • English pronunciation video, we're going to look at which questions go up in pitch at

  • the end, and which ones go down.

  • The questions that go up in pitch at the end are yes/no questions. So, questions that start

  • with words like did, does, is, and can. Questions that go down in pitch at the end are all other

  • questions. So let's look at some yes/no questions. Did you pick up the groceries? Groceries?

  • Did you pick up the groceries? Going up in pitch at the end. Does the store open at one?

  • One? One? Again, the pitch goes up at the end. Does the store open at one? Can you lend

  • me a dollar? Dollar? Dollar? Can you lend me a dollar?

  • And now questions that can't be answered with a yes or no that go down in pitch at the end.

  • How are you? How are you? Why did you leave? Leave? Leave? Why did you leave? Where're

  • the keys? Keys? Keys? Where're the keys? Who are you calling? Calling? Calling? Who are

  • you calling? Which one did you buy? Buy? Buy? Which one did you buy?

  • Let's look at pairs of questions. Can I borrow your book? Book? A yes/no question, going

  • up. Where's your book? Book? Book? Not a yes/no question, going down in pitch. Book? Book?

  • Can I borrow your book? Where's your book?

  • Did you go to the show? Show -- rising intonation for that yes/no question. How was the show?

  • How was the show? Falling intonation on a question that does not have a yes or no answer.

  • Did you go to the show? How was the show?

  • Did you see Amanda? Manda? Rising intonation. When did you see Amanda? Manda, manda -- falling

  • intonation. Did you see Amanda? When did you see Amanda?

  • Don't forget this simple rule. Yes/no question, intonation goes up. Any other question, intonation

  • goes down.

  • That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

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Questions and Intonation: Up or Down? -- American English Pronunciation

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    Sam posted on 2015/03/08
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