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Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 6:01 PM


Which word should be emphasized, and why?

Would Jerry bring anything?

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:47 PM

"Would JERRY bring anything?" is the question we would have at Thanksgiving dinner if Jerry were my brother bringing a dish. My brother is not much of a cook. We would all be hoping for potato chips.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 11:11 PM

I would say it would depend.

If Jerry (who happens to be my brother) were known to always show up with nothing - I would say
"Would Jerry bring ANYTHING?"

If I were afraid of what Jerry might bring I would say
"Would JERRY bring anything?"

My brother always does bring something though, and I'm never afraid

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 11:44 PM

Since I don't personally know Jerry (any of them), my question would have to be:

WOULD Jerry bring anything?

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 1:03 AM

Okay, I'll take the one that's left.

It would be:

Would Jerry BRING anything?

Maybe Jerry ships it out ahead of time.


Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 1:06 AM

And if we were to put the emphasis on the last part:

"Would Jerry bring ANYTHING?"

That might mean that Jerry is prone to bringing either nothing or maybe alluding to his habit of bringing home the kind of girls you DON'T bring home for Christmas dinner

Kaufman  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 2:10 AM

Since I'm amazed that any of you doubt that Jerry might bring anything, I'll repeat youyr inquiry and put the emphasis snidely in the fifth place.

"Would Jerry bring anything"?????

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 9:45 AM

As you know I'm having trouble with my bursal sac.
My question is:
'Would Jerry bring a Knee-thing?'
Happy Xmas

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 10:28 AM

I like your interpretation, Robin! LOL

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 10:39 AM

Cool. This was the point. Each of these words could be the emphasis. And, in each instance, the whole meaning changes. Put yourself in Jerry's position. Someone tells you that another person made this comment in reference to inviting Jerry to a get together. What would you/could you think?

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 10:44 AM

Jerry is obviously a trouble maker, and I'm just not having him at my party.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 11:06 AM

Jerry brings the pot. Then we all have the above discussion.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 11:20 AM

And so, Tuzilla, is this an exercise to point out to us that we should not be so hasty in taking offense when someone posts a comment to us in the chat because 1. We cannot hear the emphasis they are putting on certain words but we might be reading it with the emphasis on other words, perhaps totally changing the meaning of the post, and 2. because we cannot see the individual's body language, which often gives us clues as to what a sentence or a phrase means.

As I struggled to find where that question mark needs to go in the above sentence, I remembered that punctuation is another factor in understanding communication. (You brought the beer. You brought the beer?)

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 11:52 AM

Yes, it is. Punctuation is also clever. A period, ? or !, or even some strategically placed quote marks can really take you places in your thinking.

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