Examples of inflection in a Sentence
She spoke with no inflection.
She read the lines with an upward inflection.
Most English adjectives do not require inflection.
“Gone” and “went” are inflections of the verb “go.”
English has fewer inflections than many other languages.
Recent Examples of inflection from the Web
Barack Obama and Ben Carson are both heroes of the meritocratic tale, though with a different partisan inflection.
And, of course, the rhythmic and melodic language in Indian music — particularly the inflections of the stringed instruments — has had an impact on me.
As on the duo’s superb eponymous debut, Ash collides subtle inflections of Afro-Cuban rhythms with sultry, contemporary R
The meaning is changed ever so slightly by the inflection.
The statue of Lee was already slated for removal by the city, but the Battle of Charlottesville should be an inflection point in the broader debate over Confederate statuary.
The natural talent belted out the chorus, adding his own inflection and sliding notes to the amazement of the crowd around him.
The return to Iraq and the events of the past week marked an inflection point for Mattis, the first former general to serve as a secretary of defense since General George C. Marshall 70 years ago.
Inflection points September 29 The debt-limit deadline.
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Did You Know?
Changing the pitch, tone, or loudness of our words are ways we communicate meaning in speech, though not on the printed page. A rising inflection at the end of a sentence generally indicates a question, and a falling inflection indicates a statement, for example. Another way of inflecting words is by adding endings: -s to make a noun plural, -ed to put a verb in the past tense, -er to form the comparative form of an adjective, and so on.
First Known Use of inflection
Synonymsangle, arc, arch, bow, crook, curvature, curve, bend, turn, wind
Related Wordskink, warp; circle, ring, ringlet, round; coil, curl, curlicue (also curlycue); buckle, convolution, flexure, fold, loop, spiral, swirl, twist, winding; incurvature, reflection; decline, inclination, incline, slope; corner, turnoff; dogleg, hairpin
INFLECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inflection for English Language Learners
: a rise or fall in the sound of a person's voice : a change in the pitch or tone of a person's voice
grammar : a change in the form of a word that occurs when it has a particular use
: a form of a word that occurs when it has a particular use : an inflected form
INFLECTION Defined for Kids
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