Falling tone or rising tone?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Brave Heart, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. Brave Heart Senior Member

    Japan, Japanese

    Should I use rising tone in each of the following sentences?

    "You know what? Why don't we take a walk?"

    Thanks. :)
  2. looking-at-the-stars Senior Member

    California, USA
    American English
    I'd say a rising tone for the first and a falling tone for the second.
  3. Brave Heart Senior Member

    Japan, Japanese
    Hi looking at the stars. Thanks for your help. :)
  4. WongFeiHung

    WongFeiHung Senior Member

    USA English
    Depends on how you want to say, "You know what?"
    If you are fed up with somebody, this can sort of be like, "Look here" - I'd say "you know what" with all high tones (not too high, just slightly higher than normal)
    If you are expressing desbelief, surprise, exclamation, etc. you would accent (stress) 'what' - start high and sharply fall
  5. GEmatt

    GEmatt Senior Member

    La Côte, Switzerland
    English/BE, Français/CH, Deutsch/CH (rustier & rustier)
    In BE, I think these would both feature a falling tone.

    Since neither is a "normal" question (you know what? is rhetorical; why don't we take a walk? is more of a suggestion than a question), I think both question marks could even be replaced, to give You know what, why don't we take a walk.

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