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EMPHASIS / EMPHATIC FORMS
(Updated on 06/02/2013)
to emphasize a situation/element (forum.wordreference.com)
- One must highlight
One must emphasize
One must underline
One must bring attention to / you must draw your attention to
- in particular.... / especially
forms, sometimes called the emphatic tenses
or emphatic mood, (Using English)
are made with the auxiliary verb do in the present
or past tense + the base form of the verb:
"He doesn't work very hard."
"I don't agree with you- he does work very hard."
In the second sentence , the speaker uses the emphatic form does
work as a way of contradicting the first speaker."
"The dummy auxiliary do is used for emphasis
in positive statements (see above):
I do like this beer!"
tenses (iscribe.org) :
I do take medicine for an allergy." (present
I did take medicine for an allergy. (past emphatic)
I will take allergy medicine. (future emphatic)
"The emphatic form of the verb infers the speaker's degree of determination.
The construction of the verb changes when the emphatic form is used.
However, the sense of time does not change when the emphatic verb form
is used in place of the less emphatic form.
Emphatic tense is used in a popular ceremony.Question: Do you take this
(person) to be your lawful wedded (spouse)?
Answer: I do. (Emphatically, I do!)"
You shall return.
"In spoken English, words can be emphasized by being pronounced
with a heavier stress than usual. This type of emphasis is
usually indicated in written English by means of italics or underlining."
"Emphatic statements are often used in conversation; for instance,
when one speaker is contradicting another."
e.g. "I don't believe he works very hard."
"Yes, he does work hard."
+ Examples of emphatic statements in all of the present and past tenses.
"Sometimes it is desired to emphasize a negative statement containing
the word not."
- Emphasizers (grammar.ccc.commnet.edu) :
I really don't believe him.
He literally wrecked his mother's car.
She simply ignored me.
They're going to be late, for sure.
of the verb after certain adverbs (visualesl.com)
"Such adverbs (adverb phrases) can be placed first in a sentence
or clause for emphasis.
They are then followed by the interrogative (i.e. inverted ) form of
See the examples.
- with the transcript
"Our expert answers a question from site visitor Hossein
about using the emphatic auxiliary 'do'."
INTERACTIVE activities :
on Adverbs (grammar.ccc.commnet.edu)
7. Select the most emphatic position for the adverbial modifier
of this sentence.