Words in sentences are not sounded with the same tones, or else they would sound robotic or monotonous. This is why intonation plays an important role in a communication.
The rising and falling of the voice when speaking is what we called ‘intonation’.
A sentence has a falling intonation if it is a descriptive, exclamatory, or imperative sentence. A Wh-question also has a falling intonation. Listen to yourself as you read each sentence out loud.
The ice cream is sweet.
Stay in your room.
On the other hand, a sentence has a rising intonation if it is a Yes-No Question. Try reading the sentences below out loud.
Are you studying now?
Would you like to have some apples?
Do you study your lessons everyday?
To know if a sentence has a rising intonation, the hint is to know if the sentence is a yes-no question.
How well do your kids know the rising and falling intonation of sentences?
Try this worksheet!