When pronouncing the expression "I'll say", on which word I should put the emphasis?

  • It would help if you provided some context here. If I was feeling sarcastic or indignant or surprised, I might change my emphasis. – J.R. Aug 31 '13 at 9:32

In the idiomatic phrase "I'll say" meaning "I agree", the emphasis is on I'll, with an elongated vowel sound.

Note that this is not the case for I'll say when not used as part of the idiomatic expression meaning I agree. For example "I'll say I love you" has no such stress on the word I'll.

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    It all depends on the context. If it followed immediately after, "Nobody will say they love me." then it would have the stress on I'll – Jim Aug 31 '13 at 4:56
  • @Jim: I don't understand what you mean. If person A says "Nobody will say they love me" and person B says (in frankly an unkind and sarcastic way) "I'll say!" meaning "I agree", then they will stress the vowel in "I'll", as stated by my first paragraph. If on the other hand they are saying "I'll say (I love you)" without stressing the vowel sound, then they aren't saying the idiomatic phrase "I'll say" meaning I agree, i.e. exactly what my second paragraph says. – Matt Aug 31 '13 at 5:09
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    @Matt: I think Jim means that person B says, "I'll say [I love you]!" (in other words, "Maybe nobody else will say it, but I will!"). In that case, the emphasis does shift to the I'll. Sort of like, "Nobody will go." "Wait! I'll go..." – J.R. Aug 31 '13 at 9:27

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