This is a question about sentence stress.
The example is taken from a unit of Michael Vaughan's "Test your Pronunciation". The Unit is entitled "Predicting highlighting shift in dialogue".
Here is the example dialogue in question. It starts as follows (in CAPS, the stressed words as you can hear it):
- A: WHERE did you put the potatoes?
- B: Where do you THINK I put the potatoes? There's only one place TO put them."
The key section of the book and the audio show that the word "to" is stressed.
So I am wondering:
- Why is "to" stressed?
- What meaning and emotion or rhetorical function does the stressing of "to" convey precisely?
- Why is not the word "one (place)" stressed instead? (the key section does not highlight neither)
I had expected to hear speaker B stress "one (place)", as if he said: "there's only one place and you know which one it is".
The audio example is in standard British English: Is this a British peculiarity?
I hope you can help me find the right answer. I haven't been able to find an answer to this on the internet, nor does the book provide an explanation.