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Just for Fun – Word Stress Quiz

Article from Heather Hansen

Here are a few funny phrases I pulled from an email I recently received. Can you read these sentences correctly on the first try? Enjoy!

  1. The farm was used to produce produce.
  2. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  3. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.*
  4. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  5. I did not object to the object.
  6. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  7. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

Here are the answers:

  1. The farm was used to produce produce.
  2. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  3. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  4. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  5. I did not object to the object.
  6. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  7. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

*If you have trouble remembering the difference between spelling desert (n. hot and baren landscape, v. to run away from, leave) and dessert (n. yummy treat, usually including chocolate), my mom taught me a great trick when I was little: “We always want more dessert, so we add an extra s!”

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Shirley is a high-energy, high-content speaker who is passionate about motivating individuals to make a real difference in our automated world. With inspiring stories and a fun style, she engages audiences quickly, and encourages them to embrace high-touch as well as high-tech so they can connect with heart.

Shirley has been a trusted member of the professional speaking and training community for many years, and has received several awards for her services in leadership. She served as Asia Professional Speakers Singapore President 2011-12 and as Global Speakers Federation President 2017-18. She has spoken in almost 20 countries all over the world.

Author of 12 books published by international publishers, Shirley has established herself as a leading authority in workplace communication, business writing, and email. Her international bestseller Model Business Letters, Emails & Other Business Documents 7th edition has sold over half a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.

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