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?