Basic intonation patterns

Rising intonation

We use rising intonation with:

Yes or no questions, Offers, and Expressing high-energy emotions


1. Yes or no questions- Are you with her?

2. Offers- Would you like to watch a movie with me on Saturday?

3.High-energy emotions- Oh my god! That’s amazing.

Falling intonation

We use falling intonation with:

Statements, Wh- questions, commands or invitations, and low-energy emotions


1. Statement- I worked today.

2. Wh-questions- Where have you been?

3. Commands or invitation- Let me borrow your book for a while/ Please come to my party.

4. Low-energy emotions- Not really.

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