Don't rush me

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zoltankr

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Hungarian
Hello, in the phrase: "Don't rush me" we only have stress on the word "rush"?
[doʊnt 'rʌʃ mi]

The stress is not necessary on Don't. Am I right? When I stress only the word "rush" I get that "down-up-down" rhythm that the sound pattern of English predicts.
 
  • Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    Typically, the stress would be on 'rush' in that utterance.

    However, stress in English sentences often changes, depending on what the speaker wishes to emphasise.
     

    zoltankr

    Member
    Hungarian
    Person A: Hurry. Hurry.
    Person B: Don't rush me

    or:
    Person A: Don't rush me. I'm an old man.

    In the situations above I think the stress is on "rush". I just want to communicate the message "don't rush me", without special emphasis.

    I'm just wondering if a small stress can be applied to "don't" or not. Something like a secondary stress.
     
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