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fw



Joined: 12 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: the heaviest stress (3) Reply with quote

Hello, everyone.

The following is from a mock test for the national university entrance exam, the Japanese version of SAT in the U.S.
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Which word has the heaviest stress, (1), (2), (3), or (4), when the underlined sentence in the dialogue below is read out loud?
(1) Youíre (2) staying (3) in (4) Japan

(Judy, who is an exchange student from the U.S., bumps into her classmate Akira on her way home from school.)
Judy: Hi, Akira! Are you going home, too?
Akira: No, Iím going to Juku.
Judy: Juku? Oh, you mean a cram school. But itís already seven. Do you mean youíre going to study this late?
Akira: Of course. Two thirds of the class go to Juku.
Judy: Really? I didnít know that. Japanese do like to study.
Akira: We have to study in order to go to a good university. Youíre only staying in Japan for a month. You donít know how lucky you are!
Judy: Yes, but Iíll have to start applying to colleges when I get back. I graduate in May!
Akira: Is it true that it is easier to get into college in America than in Japan?
Judy: Yes, thatís true. But itís harder to graduate than in Japan. You have to study hard and write a lot of essays.
Akira: I see. I guess neither way is easy.

Any comment would be appreciated.

Best regards,
fw
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doliver



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, FW.

You wrote (in part):

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Which word has the heaviest stress, (1), (2), (3), or (4), when the underlined sentence in the dialogue below is read out loud?
(1) Youíre (2) staying (3) in (4) Japan


Comments:

The complete sentence that you are referring to seems to be this one:

"Youíre only staying in Japan for a month."

In that sentence, I would say that month receives the heaviest stress. I would also say that you're, staying, and Japan receive secondary stress.

Best wishesó

D. Oliver
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