What is the Emphatic Rating? (with Examples)

Abraham McLaughlin
What is the Emphatic Rating? (with Examples)

It is called emphatic tildation to those accents that emphasize the sound in interrogative or exclamatory sentences. They can be written accents or not. Emphatic marking does not change the meaning of stressed words. It is used in interrogative and exclamatory pronouns to distinguish them from relative pronouns.

The pronouns what, who, what, where, when, how and how much, have an accent if they express an interrogation or an exclamation. When a question is asked, the intonation is different. If the phrase is written, question marks will be used. This case is a direct question.

Emphatic marking and the rules of language

Examples of interrogation or exclamation using the pronouns: what, who, what, where, when, how and how much

  • What are you doing?
  • What time is it?
  • What is there?
  • What's that?
  • What are you doing?
  • What do you want of me?
  • Who's that Girl?
  • Who wrote it?
  • Who won?
  • Who is waiting for you?
  • Who was?
  • Who is coming?
  • Which one is left?
  • What was the one who read?
  • Which of the two?
  • What is your name?
  • Tell me what is?
  • Which of all broke?
  • Where is that street?
  • Where did your dad go?
  • Where is the meeting?
  • Where did it go up?
  • Where did it go?
  • Where did you put the book?
  • How do you do this?
  • How do you prepare this recipe?
  • How did the match end?
  • How do you know that it is so?
  • How was your exam?
  • But how do you want me to explain?
"How much"
  • How many bottles are in the fridge?
  • What good news. How happy I am for you!
  • We know how much, we need to know when
  • How many did you drink?
  • How much is that pair?
  • For how long?
  • When are you coming?
  • When are you going to go?
  • When is the game?
  • When did it break?
  • When were you around?

Examples of indirect questioning

It is an expression that carries a question, but does not carry question marks. But, the pronoun has an accent.

  • I want to know when will you come.
  • I have to decide when to call for service
  • We'll see when the sun comes up
  • I would like to know when you are going to use it
  • I would like to know when it will be ready

When writing an exclamatory sentence, the same thing happens.

  • What nice jobs you do!
  • How good that sounds!
  • What a beautiful color!
  • Lucky!
  • How ugly!
  • How bad I feel!   

The word "because" has different concepts: why, why, and why. 

When the sentence is a question mark, there are two words "why", it has a tilde

  • Why did he run away?
  • Why does it rain so much?
  • why are you angry?
  • Why does it look so ugly?
  • Why are you afraid?
  • Why can't I make myself understand?

When it is explanatory, it is written together and without an accent.

  • Because it might rain
  • Because he is in penance
  • Because his head hurts
  • Because he doesn't want to go
  • Because I want to be calm
  • Because it was up to the business

If it is accompanied by an article, it works as a noun

It is a single word and has a tilde.

  • Now I'm sure why you want to leave
  • I would like to know the reason for this decision
  • I still don't understand the reason for your anger
  • Only you know why
  • I don't want to know the reason for your rejection
  • Please explain to me the reason for your answer.


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