Ali
When do you speak like this ? Hi there “It’s true or is it ?” “He’s handsome or is he ?”
Jul 14, 2019 6:24 PM
Answers · 3
You would have a pause between the first and second part of the sentence. So I think it's better written "It's true. Or is it?" If someone said this, he/she would be making the statement, but then doubting him/herself right after saying it. Same thing with your second sentence. A person would say "He's handsome. (pause) Or is he?" and then you know that that person is doubting their first thought. This construction can also be used when you want somebody else to questions something. If I say to you "It's true. (Pause) Or is it? (said in a mysterious tone)", I'm indicating you should question what I'm saying. That might all be confusing, but I hope it helps.
July 14, 2019
We would only speak like this in a specific context. For example, when we are very doubtful over something or we are questioning it a lot. These examples would normally require a specific type of intonation to be used in the right way. If you are interested to find out how please book a lesson with me and I can explain in more detail.
July 14, 2019
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