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I have this sentence: "Keep your voice down!" I'm not sure how native speakers pronounce it, but I would put a bit of stress on "Keep" and more stress on "voice"

"2Keep your 1voice down!".

I don't think "down" needs any stress but I'm curious about your opinions too.

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    Context, context. "KEEP YOUR VOICE DOWN!". "But I'm not shouting. You should keep your voice down!" – FumbleFingers Mar 2 '15 at 13:34
  • You are correct, but you use the phrase for the second time, when the first speaker already said it. It makes sense to use "your" for the second time. My context is this: When someone is yelling, I just want to say: KEEP your VOICE down and I want to be the first who say this. I hear stress on KEEP and VOICE, but I may be wrong. – Zoltan King Mar 2 '15 at 13:45
  • I've no mechanism for searching for examples, but obviously it's perfectly possible (and can indeed be more "natural" in some contexts) to put the primary stress on DOWN. And although it might be a bit more contrived, there will also be contexts where the primary stress can reasonably go on KEEP. The exact position and level of stress can vary for practically any utterance. – FumbleFingers Mar 2 '15 at 13:52
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    If you think stressing DOWN is exclusively a feature of childish (incompetent speaker?) usage, all I can say is I think that's a matter of opinion (yours, which I think is wrong). So after due consideration I think the question itself is Primarily Opinion-based. – FumbleFingers Mar 2 '15 at 13:56
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    Yes, I think that's the correct most neutral stress. If the speaker were adopting a strongly admonitory or scolding tone, primary stress could go on "down". – Greg Lee Mar 2 '15 at 16:31
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Stress in sentences in English often indicates the shade of meaning the speaker wishes to convey. In this case, there is not a unique way to say this phrase.

(2)Keep your (1)voice down:

What you'd use when reminding somebody they will have to speak softly (say, they're going into an animal shelter where speaking too loudly will agitate the animals).

(2)Keep your voice (1)down:

You're speaking too loudly right now. Please fix it.

You can even come up with contexts in which you'd stess your, but they seem relatively contrived to me.

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