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Mastering English
One important aspect of a refined understanding of our English language is inflection or intonation.  A correct use and interpretation of inflection can further our linguistic understanding as it relates to meaning and context.

EXAMPLES WITH EXPLANATIONS  

Mistaken Assertion:  You can HAVE' it.
Response:  I don't WANT' it.

In this case the person asserting has placed, via inflection, emphasis on 'HAVE'.'  The responder, in correctly recognizing an 'Here, have it!!' ugliness, has asserted that they don't WANT' it.  Basically, the mistaken emphasis on 'HAVE'' has revealed a contentiousness which the responder has confronted.

Correct Assertion:  You CAN' have it.
Response:  Thank you.

Much less contentious assertion with the emphasis on 'CAN'' instead of 'HAVE'', resulting in a more positive response.

Mistaken Assertion:  My, it's a beautiful DAY'.
Response:  Thursday.

Obviously, the emphasis on 'DAY'' was mistaken by the responder as a wondering of the person asserting  it as to 'What day is it today?'

Correct Assertion:  My, it's a BEAUTIFUL' day.
Response:  Yes, indeed it is.


Mistaken Assertion: Cats' have NINE lives.  
Response:  6 + 3, 4 x 2 +1, (17i
>4 - 8) / c2 - 15 where c = 4.

Need I say anymore .

Let's try an extended conversation, shall we?

A:  How are you DOING' today?
R.  Not much. YOU?
A.  Certainly. TED won't be here.
R.  We're engaged, THANKS'.
A.  BUT' I haven't given you anything!?
R.  Oh, indeed. A STRONG butt is a sign of good health.
A.  How about CURLS' of 35 lbs?  Is that strong enough?
R.  I do as a matter of fact have an APPOINTMENT' to get my hair curled.
A.  Oh no, no ,no. I just ran into you by CHANCE'.
R.  Yes, occasionally.  Card GAMES are my preferred.
A.  That reminds me, I've got to get back to WORK NOW'.
R.  Oh no, I've got the day off; I'll see you at LUNCH'.

There you have it folks.  Good luck with your newly acquired language skills.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:39 PM by cenb
So, if I were to be refined in my English I would say, "GRSJS, would you LIKE' to have some mashed pot'a-TOES'?" ???
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Sunday, July 22, 2012 7:10 PM by GRSJR
Yes. Emily Post politeness should accompany every dish of absurdity.

"Yes, I'd be DELIGHTED' to have some mashed pot'a-toes."
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Sunday, July 22, 2012 10:28 PM by
"GRSJS, would you LIKE' to have some mashed pot'a-TOES'?" ??? I am sure you meant GRSJR, right? It is still all Greek to me, lol. You do throw me at times with your posts. Leave me with the simple like a pot full of toes:)
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