Thought Groups

Posted by Lisa (Elisabeth) H. Braley on 9/10/2009 5:00:00 PM

  1. When reading out loud or speaking
  2. Chunk or group certain words together (those that logically go together)
  3. Pause in between (hesitate briefly)

     -These are called Thought Groups

 When marking your reading or speech, thought groups are separated by a slash ( / ). Thought groups may slightly differ through personal choice or emphasis. Some examples of what you might consider a thought group unit and needs to be kept together:

  1. Prepositional phrases  (in the dark HOUSE)
  2. Article + Adjectives + Noun  (a high-rise condoMInium)
  3. Phrasal verbs (he works OUT a lot)
  4. An important word can be its own group (Margarita! / NO!)
  5. Commas often indicate a thought group (I like SHOpping, / RUnning and STUdying.)
  6. Quotation marks may indicate a thought group ( "My mother is an ANgel," / he said.)
  7. Keep city, state together OR city, country together  (Fremont, CaliFORnia /or Beijing, CHIna)
  8. Phrases of time (At six o'CLOCK)