II. 3. Alternative questions

  1. Answer the following questions
  2. Answer the following questions.
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Answer the questions
  5. Answer the questions.
  6. Answer these questions using your knowledge and experience.
  7. Ask eight questions about the previous text.

Alternative questions consist of two syntagms. The first syntagm is pronounced with the intonation typical of a general question, whereas the second one is pronounced with the intonation typical of a statement.

A Low Rise is used in the non-final sense-group   ²Are you from a small / town| or a large \city? ²Is the apartment still a/ vailable, | or has someone else \taken it?
A Low Fall is used in the final sense-group  


Practice pronouncing alternative questions; mind the rising tone in the non-final sense-group and the falling tone in the final sense-group. Answer the questions using the model.

Model: Is this a town or a city? - Neither. It's a village.

Is this or that a square? - Both are.

Are these avenues or lanes? - Neither. These are highways.

1) Is this a thriller or a horror film?

2) Do you like tea or coffee?

3) Was that an easy or a difficult task?

4) Which would you prefer: smoking or non-smoking?

5) Is this or that an i-pod?

6) Is this or that a trumpet?

7) Is this a comedy or a tragedy?

8) Is this a piano or a grand piano?

9) Is this a backpack or a duffel bag?

10) Are these or those pumps?

11) Is this a daffodil or a narcissus?

12) Is this a mansion or a chalet?

13) Are these or those spanners?

14) Is that a composer or a conductor?

15) Is she a singer or a ballerina?

16) Is this or that a flute?

17) Are they footlights or lamps?


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