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Proper Phrasing and Pacing

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Proper Phrasing and Pacing
Read the text
A woman without her man is nothing
Read the text again
A woman without her man, is nothing.
Read the text again
A woman: without her,
man is nothing.
A woman without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.
Can you tell the
difference between
the two sentences?
Phrasing
Is breaking or dividing an utterance into breath units
or thought units.

Why do we need to pause when talking or speaking?
This may be done for
three purposes:
to catch one’s breath
to make meaning clear,
to emphasized an idea
/ - slight pause
// - longer pause
/// - longest pause
"Bob Jones"

(that's his whole name -- no breaks!)
"A Tale of Two Cities"

(a book title -- all one unit)
"in the park"

(a prepositional phrase)
"a little white house"

(noun phrase)
"sitting on a fence"

(participial phrase)
"Birds fly."

(simple sentence)
"Sam hit his first home run in the game on Saturday at Fenway Park."

(simple sentence: subject+verb+object+modifiers)
If the sentence consists of only one thought group, pause is no longer needed
NOTE:
My teacher / said the doctor is pregnant.
(Who is pregnant?)
My teacher / said the doctor / is pregnant.
(Who is pregnant)
The principal said / the teacher is incompetent.
(Who is incompetent?)
The principal / said the teacher / is incompetent.
(Who is incompetent?)
A change of places of pause in the sentence logically change the meaning of the sentence.
1. When listing a series of items.

Eg: "I saw monkeys, tigers, and snakes at the zoo."
2. To show apposition.
Eg: "My brother, an electrical engineer, is visiting us from Iowa."
3. When there is an intervening phrase
Eg: The president, together with the secretary, is invited to attend the party.
Put a diagonal line with in each sentence below. Single diagonal (/) when it indicates short pauses, double (//) when it indicates long pauses.
1. When we communicate, we must focus on our message.
2. Effective body language contributes to clarity and impasses in communication.
3. An effective speech stimulates the mind, tickles the funny bone and touches
the heart.
Each language has its own music with characteristic cadence rhythm and inflection and if an adult is to learn to speak a new language correctly he must give full value too these peculiar qualities. It is as if he were learning to play a musical instrument.
Each language
/
has its own music
/
with characteristic cadence
/
rhythm
/
and inflection
//
and if an adult is to learn to speak a new language correctly
/
he must give full value too these peculiar qualities.
//
It is as if he were learning to play
/
a musical instrument.
///
Put a diagonal line with in each sentence below. Single diagonal (/) when it indicates short pauses, double (//) when it indicates long pauses. COPY AND ANSWER.
When do we use slight pause?
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