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How To Answer Emphatic Stress Questions In Exams

Emphatic Stress: How can I answer Emphatic stress questions In Jamb, Waec, Neco or Natbeb Exam, What are emphatic stress questions?. In this lecture Series
you will be learning everything there is to know on emphatic stress, how to answer questions from emphatic stress in less than 60 seconds and lots more...

How to Answer emphatic Stress Questions
Emphatic Stress
I know you are exited to see this, well, what friends are for, lol. Take your time to read through diligently for details... Before we begin our tutorial in-dept, we must first understand what emphatic stress is all about, definition, Etymological study, and concepts behind its usage. Enjoy!

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Emphatic Stress

Emphatic Stress is used by the speaker to show the importance or significance of a unit of information in an utterance. The emphasis focuses more on the most important element the speaker wishes to draw attention to and this is achieved through the degree of intensity (Pitch change) given to the particular word.

Looking at emphatic stress etymologically, you will observe that term is gotten from two independent words which are Emphatic and Stress, let us look at these two words shortly...

Emphatic: Spoken with emphasis

Stress: Special emphasis attached to something or The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch).

Hence, you can evidently say, an emphatic expression is one that is said with emphasis and stress to indicate importance.

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How To Answer Emphatic Stress Questions In Exam

Hardly will you sit for any of the O'level (waec, neco or nabteb with their respective GCE) or Jamb use of English exam without seeing emphatic stress questions, this is because it is important for you as a student to understand the concept of Emphasis.

Now when answering stress question, you must be able to first achieve two things to arrive at the correct answer, these things are
  1. Identify the stress Word in the question given
  2. Identify the options that do not carry the stress word

How To Identify the Stress Word in the Question

1. The word that is emphasized or the word that carries the emphatic stress is usually capitalized. lets take for example the statement below...

Bukola's UNCLE is a Strict teacher

Now, from the above statement, UNCLE carries the stress, how do I know this?, well, it is simple, UNCLE is the capitalized word in the sentence above, easy right?

2. The word carrying the emphasis can also be bold, In situations where you can't find any word capitalize in the sentence but bold then that should identify the stress word for you, take a look at the example below...

My mother bought a bicycle yesterday

From the above example, bicycle carries the stress. why because, bicycle is bold word in the sentence above, easy right?

3. the word emphasized can also be Italicized and bold, though this is rare but there are cases where you may find questions in this form, see example...

Musa is staying in Enugu

The stress word here is staying, simply because it is the word Italicized and bold.

Now, haven been able to identify the stressed word in a given sentence, we will now move to the next phase "Identify the options that do not carry the stress word"

How To Identify the Answer

In answering emphatic stress questions, the option that does not have "stressed word" becomes the correct answer. Now let us take at some of the examples below...

1. Adamu is leaving a CAR behind

a. Who is leaving a car behind?
b. where is Adamu leaving a car?
c. what is Adamu leaving behind?
d. Is Adamu driving the car in front?

Answer: options a, b and d had the stressed word 'CAR' so can't be the correct answer, the correct answer here is 'option c' which do not have the stressed word.
2. Lambusa TOOK OFF the wig.

a. Did Lambusa take off a wig?
b. Did Lambusa take off a ring?
c. Who took off the wig?
d. what did Lambusa do?

Answer: Options a, b and c had the stressed word 'TOOK OFF' so cannot be the correct answer, the correct answer here is 'option d' which do not have the stressed word.
If the emphasis was on 'RING' then  "option b" would have been the correct answer

Attempt these practice Questions below...

1. John’s watch is made of GOLD.

Option:

(a) Is John’s watch made of silver?

(b) Whose watch is made of gold?

(c) What is made of gold?

(d) Is John’s necklace made of gold?

2. The bed is in the room.

(a) what is in the room?
(b) where is the bed?
(c) is the bed in the parlour?
(d) What is in the parlour?

3. The cat DEVOURED the rat?

(a) Did the rat devour the cat?
(b) what devoured the cat?
(c) Did the cat pet the rat?
(d) Is this the rat that the cat deovoued?

4. She WORKS at the hospital                                              

(a) Who works at the hospital?

(b) Where does she work?

(c) Does she work at the hospital?

(d) What does she do at the hospital?

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