Read the text and speak on the intonation of Disjunctive Questions

  1. Answer the following questions with one word or phrase.
  2. B In group, discuss these questions.
  3. Discuss in class the following questions.
  4. Do you know the English speaking countries?
  5. Ex 3. Answer the following questions negatively.
  6. Ex. 1.Read the dialogues and answer the questions.
  7. Ex.1. Put questions to the sentences using the words in brackets.
  8. Ex.6. Make up questions (Present Continuous for Now and Future).
  9. Ex.7. Answer the questions.
  10. Exercise 1. Answer the following questions.

Intonation of Disjunctive Questions

Disjunctive questions (tag questions) contain two sense-groups. The first sense-group is a statement (affirmative or negative), the second a question tag. If the statement is affirmative, the tag is usually negative and vice versa.

The intonation of a tag question reflects one of the speakers attitudes to the content of his own utterance namely his certainty or uncertainty of the truth of what he states.

When the speaker is certain that his statement is obviously true and he demands that the listener agrees with him, both sense-groups take a fall (High Wide or Low). Disjunctive questions of this type are used by the speaker rather to keep the conversation going than to get new information, e.g.

To"morrow is Monday, | isnt it?

You "cant ˙do" two ˙things at a time, | can you?

When the speaker is not quite certain of the answer he will get or is asking the listeners opinion, he uses the High / Low Fall on the statement part and the High / Low Rise on the tag, e.g.

You can "drive a ècar, | æcant you?

The "doctor "didnt a˙llow you to "go èout,| ™did he?

3.3. Practise the following disjunctive questions and imitate their intonation patterns:

1. They are "so èfriendly,| èarent they? 2. It "looks as if its "going to èrain,| èdoesnt it?

3. You "took the e"xam in June,| didnt you? 4. That "wont be èbig enough,| will it?

5. Youd have "gone at once,| wouldnt you? 6. But there "wasnt any answer,| was there? 7. He "isnt married,| is he? 8. Thats "not his home a%ddress,| ™is it?

9. But youll be "home in "time for dinner,| ™wont you? 10. At about "ten oclock,| ™wont we Frank? 11. Mr."Robinson will "come a"gain to morrow,| æwont he?


Feeling Unwell

Dr.Jones: Hello, Peter. What seems to be the problem?

Peter: Well, I havent been feeling very well for the last few days.

Dr.Jones: I see.

Peter: And my throat is sore and it hurts when I swallow.

Dr.Jones: Have you noticed a loss of appetite?

Peter: Not really. But its difficult to swallow.

Dr.Jones: Right then, let me have a lookmmmyes your throat is quite inflamed. Wed better take your temperature.

Peter: Actually, I do feel a bit warm.

Dr.Jones: Hmmjust as I thought38.5C. Id say youve got tonsillitis. Are you taking any medicine at the moment?

Peter: No, not really.

Dr.Jones: Theres nothing to worry about, really. Im going to give you a prescription. Make sure you drink lots of hot fluids and soup, nothing cold.

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