The words that are usually stressed in a sentece are the ones that carry the information. These are the words which you hear more clearly when somebody speaks to you. The unstressed words are heard much less clearly or sometimes hardly at all.

· Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs are usually stressed, but articles, (+) auxiliary verbs and prepositions are normally unstressed.

· Pay attention!!! Short prepositions (up, for, in, etc.) are not normally stressed except when they occur at the end of a sentence. Compare Where are you from? ("from" is stressed) and I'm from France. ("from" is unstressed).

· Negative auxiliary verbs are usually stressed, e.g. I don't like it, I can't do it, I wasn't there. Positive auxiliary verbs are usually NOT stressed, e.g. I can play the guitar, I was watiching TV, etc.


5. VOCABULARY verb + prepositions

dream of: more used for day dreaming (i.e. when you are not sleeping), e.g. I've always dreamed of having a house in the country.
dream about: night dream, e.g. Last night I dreamt about you and me travelling around the world.

think of: is usually used to ask someone's opinion about people and things, e.g. What do you think of my shoes?
think about: to reflect or consider an idea in your mind, What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about the party on Saturday.

speak with: is common in US English and is heard ever more frequently in British English.
speak about: You "speak about something".

write preposition: in US English, Write me.
write + preposition: in British English, Write to me.