Adverbials

Listen to the opinions below. What do you notice about the intonation of the underlined words?

A. Frankly, I thought the film was dreadful.
B. I thought it was quite good, actually.

The word ‘frankly’ was said with a fall-rise ↘↗ intonation. The word ‘actually’ was said with a rising ↗ intonation.

What intonation patterns are used for adverbials?

  • At the beginning of a sentence or phrase, adverbials use a fall-rise intonation.
  • At the end of a sentence or phrase adverbials use a rising intonation.
  • Adverbials are often used to restrict the meaning of a sentence.

WORDS DRILL

Repeat the following:

↘↗ Fall-rise: Actually, fortunately, frankly, basically, apparently, obviously, to be honest, as far as I’m concerned, on the whole, if you ask me.

Rise: Actually, fortunately, frankly, basically, apparently, obviously, to be honest, as far as I’m concerned, on the whole, if you ask me.

EXERCISE

Listen and repeat the sentences:

↘↗ Fall-rise:
A. Fortunately, we had a spare tyre.


B. Frankly, I think you’re a bit immature.


C. Basically, you need a new washing machine.


D. Apparently, she’s looking for a new husband.


E. To be honest, I think he’s pretty nasty.

Rise:
A. We had a spare tyre, fortunately.


B. I think you’re a bit immature, frankly.


C. You need a new washing machine, basically.


D. She’s looking for a new husband, apparently


E. I think he’s pretty nasty, to be honest.

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