Intonation – intonation
Let's Define It!
What's an *intonation*?
An intonation is when you give a spoken sentence a particular pattern of pitch and tone in order to give it a special meaning.
For example, one can turn any statement into a question (interrogative sentence) by giving it a special intonation (raising the tone of one's voice at the end of the spoken utterance).
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here are two sentences that are both exactly the same. However, one of them is a question because of the intonation affecting it at the end.
"Tu as mangé." --> You ate (Declarative-Affirmative sentence).
"Tu as mangé?" --> You ate? / Did you eat? (Interrogative sentence).