In this sentence, stress (emphasis) is placed on the word
and thesecond syllable of
Why don’t you talk to her about it?
Why don’t you talk to her about it? The wavy line pattern showsintonation tunes (pitch change) for this sentence. (Harmer, 1998). Thispattern would be used as a solution for anticipated problems for this CELTAlearners’ group: wavy lines and humming exercises mimicking the intonationpattern: ____
talk to her
The second sentence:
If I were you, I’d . . . (do something about it)
is aconditional sentences with: a main (“conditional”) clause, containing a verb ina form with
, and a subordinate clause, introduced by
. (Parrot,p. 231).This is a hypothetical conditional sentence (Harmer, p. 46). Theconjunction
is used to preface a condition [
I were you (condition) I’d dosomething about it.] contains the modal auxiliary
, making it hypothetical(unlikely / impossible) rather than real (possible / likely) (Harmer).
If I were you
is a Type 2 conditional sentence (Parrot, p. 234)idiomatically expressing advice. Its form is:
If I were you
+ subject +
would . . .
Phonemic pronunciation is:Stress pattern: If I were
something about it
. There’s apause after
Anticipated problems with this learners’ group would be the
. Again, a wavy pattern shouldhelpIf I were you I’d do something about it now.Dialogue examples: