Clear English - Review - Page 5
F. English Rhythm
A word said by itself is like a small sentence. It must have all the rhythm and emphasis of a sentence.
Word Stress
1. atTRACtive
2. absoLUTE
3. reSPONsible
4. ElectrifiCAtion
Sentence Stress
5. It is ACtive.
6. Have some FRUIT.
7. It's POSSible.
8. She went to the STAtion.
G. Limericks
Practice the following limericks. Tap the emphasis to be sure of the rhythm.
I KNEW a MAN from ArkanSAS
Who ATE a ROCK that BROKE his JAW.
"WHAT do you THINK"
He SAID with a WINK,
"PerHAPS it's BAD to EAT them RAW."
There was a young lady one fall
Who wore a newspaper dress to a ball.
The dress caught fire
And burned her entire
Front page, sporting section and all.
Once in the rain I saw a man,
Strolling with an umbrella in hand.
When I said it was insane
To walk in the rain,
He said "Well then, I'll just stand."

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