Word Stress in Casual Sentences

E Sounds: Casual Word Stress in Sentences

Here we will practice the same sentences, but more casually. When speaking this way, you will use less stress, pause less often and let the words flow together more. 

When you see “same,” this means that there are no extra points of casual English in the sentence. In other sentences, the extra points are shown. New points in this lesson are:

but her = bud’er — almost like “butter,” but with more stress on “er”
might have = mighd’ave — the T becomes a D sound and the H is dropped
candidate had = same — in this phrase, it is a bit difficult (unnatural) to drop the H
of course, he’s = of course’ee’s — there are fewer pauses when speaking quickly

1. (same) I met with several freelance content writers today.
2. The first young woman was zealous, bud’er experience level was below ar benchmark.
3. (same) My second interviewee was just weird.
4. He seemed a bit uptight, as if ‘ee mighd’ave a temper.
5. (same) My third candidate had an excellent writing sample, but she was a nervous wreck.
6. Since she’d be freelance, I won’t reject’er, though.
7. She writes with finesse and’as a commendable aesthetic.
8. (same) My fourth candidate was a no-show.
9. Of course’ee’s out of the picture, since’ee showed no respect.
10. I’ll discuss ar options with my colleagues this afternoon.
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