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Posted by on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:11am.

e.g. Mike, this is Adams.

In this sentence, Mike and Adams are content words, so they are stressed.
What about 'is'? 'Is' is a verb. Verbs are content words, which are stressed. I know that a verb is stressed in a sentence. Do we have to stress 'is' in e.g.?

  • English Grammar - , Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:17am

    John, this cannot be a complete sentence unless you delete the "e.g."

    What is the entire context of this phrasing? (Context = the sentences around this)

    If you delete the "e.g." --

    Mike = noun, person being spoken to
    this = pronoun referring to Adams, subject of sentence
    is = linking verb
    Adams = noun, predicate noun

    If you're referring to HOW you would pronounce this, I'll re-write it below, with the stressed syllables in bold.

    Mike, this is Adams.

    Let me know if this does or doesn't answer your question.


  • English Grammar - , Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:24am

    Thank you. Do you mean 'is' is not stressed? How about the follwoing?

    1. How are you?
    2. Yes, they are.

    In the two sentences, I think the verb 'are' is stressed.

  • English Grammar - , Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:33am

    Yes, you're right. In those last two sentences, the verb "are" is stressed. But not in the sentence of introduction. The names are the only words stressed in that particular sentence. In fact, "this is" actually sounds like this: "this'z" -- we don't even pronounce the "i" in "is."

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