Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? A teacher says 'larger,' because it is the most important information. Another says 'enjoy,' because 'larger' is not new information.

(At the reception desk in a hotel.)
Traveler: I have a reservation for a single for three nights. Clerk : Yes, sir. May I see your confirmation notice? Traveler: Here you are.
Clerk : Thank you .. I'm sorry our singles are all booked but we can give you a double.
Traveler: But I have a reservation for a single.
Clerk : That's right, sir. That's our mistake. We'll charge you the rate for a single room and you can stay in a double. Traveler: Oh, that's a good offer then.
Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room.
Traveler: Thank you.
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Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? ... that's a good offer then. Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room. Traveler: Thank you.

I'd stress "enjoy", because pleasing customers is the prime objective of this business.

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Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? ... that's a good offer then. Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room. Traveler: Thank you.

larger
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Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? ... that's a good offer then. Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room. Traveler: Thank you.

In that sort of dialog as typically realized, the word wouldn't be spoken, so you can say its ideal stress is zero. In the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the room," primary stresses occur on the syllables HOPE, JOY, and ROOM. If I were the clerk, the highest-pitched stress would occur at the climax of the thought: ROOM. The intonational contour of the sentence would rise from HOPE to the start of the syllable ROOM, and it would then fall fast.
Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? A teacher says 'larger,' because it is the most important information. Another says 'enjoy,' because 'larger' is not new information.

I think the strongest stress in the sentence is on "room". It's said with neutral intonation, because there's no particular item of information that needs to be emphasized; and with neutral intonation, the heaviest stress naturally falls toward the end. "Enjoy" and "larger" have almost as much stress as "room", and "hope" a little less than those two.

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Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? ... that's a good offer then. Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room. Traveler: Thank you.

I would stress "enjoy" most. I disagree with the teacher. The most important information in this sentence is the Clerk's attitude and his or her wish that the Traveler enjoy his stay. If I were a graduate of the Columbia School of Broadcasting (not affiliated with Columbia University or CBS), I would probably give primary stress to "hope" and "enjoy", tertiary stress to "larger" (it's not new or important information in this sentence, because it has already been provided in two previous sentences and that should be sufficient evidence to torpedo the teacher's assessment), and secondary stress plus a falling intonation to "room".
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Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? ... that's a good offer then. Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room. Traveler: Thank you.

It's easy to imagine either of those words stressed, or even the final word "room".
I think "larger" is less likely to be stressed, but it is possible. I don't agree that "larger" is the most important information.
However, I can easily imagine both words in
the pair "larger room" being stressed.

Michael West
Melbourne, Australia
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I can easily imagine both words in the pair "larger room" being stressed.

Maybe somebody should tell the student (and possibly the teacher) that, to evoke the illusion of native pronunciation, the intonational contour of the sentence may be as important as the stress borne by particular syllables.
} Which word should be most stressed in the sentence "I hope you'll } enjoy the larger room" in the following conversation? } A teacher says 'larger,' because it is the most important information. } Another says 'enjoy,' because 'larger' is not new information. }
} (At the reception desk in a hotel.)
} Traveler: I have a reservation for a single for three nights. } Clerk : Yes, sir. May I see your confirmation notice? } Traveler: Here you are.
} Clerk : Thank you .. I'm sorry our singles are all booked but we } can give you a double.
} Traveler: But I have a reservation for a single. } Clerk : That's right, sir. That's our mistake. We'll charge you the } rate for a single room and you can stay in a double. } Traveler: Oh, that's a good offer then.
} Clerk : I hope you'll enjoy the larger room. } Traveler: Thank you.
A caution here that you're not likely to win an argument with a teacher.
But the stressed word would be the "enjoy" around here. But for the exercise (with which there are other things wrong from my experience, like that I've never been asked to show a confirmation notice, and the "offer" might be more likely "deal"), the whole "the larger room" would be more likely "it" or "your stay (with us)".
Stressing the "larger" wouldn't destroy the meaning, but someone might wonder why it's being stressed.

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