Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 39 – Pronunciation – Intonation in Conditional Sentences

Welcome back to another episode, everyone! Today we’re going to get a listen sophisticated on this beautiful eve before Christmas. I’m going to up-the-ante and teach you something difficult. This will be a relatively short podcast, but understand how intonations in conditional sentences work.

When you begin a conditional sentence with an if clause, each clause has its own intonation pattern. The intonation falls at the end of each clause.

If there’s an underwater earthquake, you’ll probably have a tsunami.

When the main clause begins a conditional sentence, the sentence has a single intonation pattern. The intonation falls at the end of the sentence.

You’ll probably have a tsunami if there’s an underwater earthquake.

Tactic Practice

  1. I would definitely want to see Kilauea Volcano if I visited Hawaii.
  2. You’ll be familiar with earthquake safety if you live in a country like Japan.
  3. If you ever feel an earthquake, you’ll also probably feel smaller aftershocks later.
  4. If I had time to take another class, I’d study geology.

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