Not a sound did he hear

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Bilyana

Senior Member
Bulgarian
Hello,

Which is the word with the strongest stress in "Not a sound did he hear"? Is is "sound" or is is "hear"?

Thank you.
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    You've given no source or context, but this sounds like a line from a poem, with two anapaests, the stresses fall pretty well equally on 'sound' and 'hear'.

    We'd have to see the line in its context to see if one or the other needs any extra stress.
     

    Bilyana

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    You've given no source or context, but this sounds like a line from a poem, with two anapaests, the stresses fall pretty well equally on 'sound' and 'hear'.

    We'd have to see the line in its context to see if one or the other needs any extra stress.
    Here is the context:

    The president waited, listening, hoping for shouts or gunshots from his security guards in the alley. But the misty evening was quiet. Not a sound did he hear. He stood without moving for a very long time, staring at the floor, then picked up the disk and turned for his laptop computer. (The Fourth War by Chris Steward)
     
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