hi i m ur new friend from pakistan.plz help me to understand how intonation change meaning thanks
Intonation (and punctuation) can change the meaning. I could only think now about two cases.
- The teacher left his students feeling very depressed. (the students felt depressed)
- The teacher left his students, feeling very depressed. (the teacher felt depressed)
Another example with question tags. When the intonation is rising, you ask a question; you are not sure and you’re waiting for the answer.
E.g. -----A: I met a handsome man, Mike, at the party yesterday. He is your brother, isn’t he? B: Yes, he is.
If the intonation is dropping, you already know the answer and this only a stereo-typed phrase.
E.g. ----- Mike should have helped you. He is your brother, isn’t he?
I hope my explanation is clear.