Pretty straightforward question. When using だろう or でしょう as a way to express unassertiveness on my sentence (i.e., "it seems", "it looks like"), what intonation should I use? Does it follow a pattern similar to a question (か) or a affirmation (だ)?

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You use the falling intonation as you would with affirmation. That is to say, you go:

「だろう{LHL}」 and 「でしょう{LHHL}」

When used at the end of yes/no questions, they need to be pronounced with a rising intonation as in:

「だろう{LHH}」 and 「でしょう{LHHH}」

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