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Emphasis in English

If you want to attract the attention of others to a part of your words in English, you should use (focusing adverbs). References to these adverbs are usually present tenses, but can also draw the audience 's attention to noun phrases, prepositional phrases, descriptive phrases, and adverbial phrases.

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When we speak, we usually emphasize different parts of the sentence with the help of sound and stress on the words. In the written mode, we write the sections that we want to show more prominently and with more emphasis in the form of italics. But we can use the emphasis to increase emphasis and remove this ambiguity. Consider the following examples:

Through intonation: “I know Tom is coming to the party.”

Using a focusing adverb: “I know that at least Tom is coming to the party.”

Both of the above sentences draw attention to Tom in the sentence using the tone of voice and the use of emphatic adverbs. These signs indicate to the reader or listener that the information expressed is important.

When you want to talk about your language level, you will definitely use an adverb. In the world of English grammar, adverbs are very common in conversation and are used extensively. But because they are unpredictable, they seem confusing and scary to many learners. these tips not only help you speak English better, but also dramatically improve your writing skills.

An adverb is a word (or phrase) that describes another word. “Often, the word that describes the adverb is a verb.”

Types of emphatic constraints

There are different types of emphatic constraints. We can choose the right emphasis if we need to. There are many emphatic constraints that draw the audience’s attention to the added information. Specific information, negatively charged information, information that expresses a choice, or information that is surprising. In this article, we will introduce you to a number of practical and salient constraints. Stay with us.

Emphasis on specific and distinct information

Sometimes we need to emphasize information that is not a complete exception, but is separate and specific. In this case, we must use the following constraints: ‌







in particular



at least

for the most part

by and large

Consider the following examples:

Example: “I want everybody to come to the party, especially James.”

Implication: I want everybody to come to the party, but I want James to come the most.

Example: “They played mostly techno music at the party.”

Implication: They played several types of music, but most of it was techno.

Add information

When we want to emphasize the information in the sentence, we can use the following emphatic adverbs.


as well


To better understand the above emphatic constraints, consider the following examples:

“Tom is coming to the party and is also bringing James.”

Emphasis also adds emphasis to the whole current phrase “is bringing James”. This allows the audience to know information that is important to the speaker. Let’s look at another example: ‌

“Tom is coming to the party, and James is coming too.”

The use of the “too” adjective emphasizes information about James coming to the party with Tom.

Exception information

When we want to add an exception, we must use the following clauses:







not only






Here are some examples of English accents for you:

Example: “I’m just bringing James to the party.”

Implication: I am not bringing anybody else.

Example: “The party starts at exactly 10 o’clock.”

Implication: The party won’t start earlier or later than 10 o’clock

She not only speaks English; she speaks French as well.

He not only sings; he plays the piano too.

Note the following:

“Too” and “as well” usually come at the end of a sentence.

Focusing adverbs affect the meaning of the word closest to you, so it is best to place them in front of and next to the word or words related to them.

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