Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Note here the two ways of thanking:Conversation between Headmaster and students in get together Link:  How to improve your spoken english

Mr. Srinath, an assistant teacher expresses thanks in a formal for having been invited over to tea.
‘It’s very kind of you to invite us.’

The Headmaster expresses thanks in an informal way.
Certain expressions for thanking:
It’s very kind / nice of you.
I am really very grateful / obliged to you.
Thank you, thank you very much.
Thanks, a lot.

Thanks, thanks a lot.

Phonology Intonation:
The following sentences are usually said with the falling tune which
is marked as bolded.
I am glad you have come on time (statement)
When did you arrive? (wh-question)

These sentences are said with the rising tune which is marked as bolded.
Shall we start with these cakes?
Would you like these plum cakes?
(Yes-no questions)
These rules are not rigid.
When a sentence is said with a falling tune, there isn’t much of emotional expression.

But when the same is said with a rising tune it indicates the concern the speaker has for the other.
So, the question ‘How do you like your tea?’ can be said with a rising tune.

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