Last week, we looked at the grammar of question tags (also called tag questions). In this episode, we find out about two different intonation patterns you can use with this structure. Our challenger Giovanni can hear the difference - but can you?
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.7mb)
We vary the intonation of a question tag depending on whether we are asking a real question, or just using the question tag to keep the conversation flowing. See below:
Real question - rising intonation
Checking information or making conversation - falling intonation
Listen to these sentences (mp3 - 67kb)
See more examples (pdf - 34k)
Download Catherine's full explanation (pdf - 35k)
Now it's your turn to practise your pronunciation. Go to our first quiz page here.
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