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Topic: Are the questions correct?
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 1:51:28 AM
Thank you all for your comments. I really appreciate them.

David.
Topic: Are the questions correct?
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:01:14 AM
Angel
pjharvey wrote:
Hi David, it's always pleasant to talk to you :)

Likewise! Angel

pjharvey wrote:
Yes, that last one is certainly correct.

Thanks.

pjharvey wrote:
As you know, I am no native speaker, so I am not always 100% sure of my comments - but, in this case, I am fairly sure that a tense consistency is missing in c).

I learn from every person. That's one of my rules.

David.
Topic: Are the questions correct?
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:45:45 AM
pjharvey wrote:
I don't see anything wrong with b): the tense in the answer is consistent with that in the question.
However, this is not true for c), and that's why c) sounds wrong to me.

Hi pjharvey,
Thanks for your help and comments. Yo see things the opposite way. Of course, I must be wrong. Brick wall

But this one it is correct, isn't it ?
d)Why is Gru unhappy?
Because Lucy will be moving away and he will never see her again.

David.
Topic: Are the questions correct?
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:37:51 AM
Hi teachers,
The students have already seen the video clip without subtitles at home and they'll be watching it in class along with the questions. The idea is to use words in the questiond that differ from those used in the film, but which carry a similar meaning.

This is an extract from the script of Despicable Me 2
It’s pouring rain. Gru sits alone outside his house looking miserable again. Then Agnes comes out of the house with an open umbrella.
Agnes: I brought you an umbrella.
Gru smiles at Agnes and takes the umbrella.
Gru: Ah, thank you.
Agnes: What are you doing out here?
Gru: Remember when you said that I liked Lucy? Well, it turns out... you're right.
Agnes's smiles.
Agnes: Really?
Gru: Yes, but… well, she’s moving away. I’m never going to see her again.

Are the questions correct? I believe so, except for letter "b". Am I right?
a) Why is Gru unhappy?
Because Lucy is moving away and he is never going to see her again.

b) Why was Gru unhappy?
Because Lucy was moving away and he was never going to see her again.

c)Why was Gru unhappy?
Because Lucy will be moving away and he will never see her again.

Thanks.
Topic: Is this question natural?
Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 11:07:33 AM
thar wrote:
Looks like > may be - exactly right.

A different place of work
- possibly OK for your students, but it is not 'natural'.

A place of work is the organisation - the company/office/school.
It is not simply the location.

Eg
Where do you work?
In a bank.

To make it more natural but keeping it simple, I would say 'another country'. I really like it!

But you may get a few opposing opinions from mine!

Hi thar,
Thanks for your help and comments.

David.
Topic: Is this question natural?
Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 6:34:21 AM
Hi teachers,
This is an extract from the script of Despicable me 2 and the question below is for the students while watching the movie.
Silas: And it looks like Agent Wilde will be transferring to our Australian branch.

According to what Silas said, is this question natural? I'm using "may be" because Silas said "It looks like...".
Who may be moving to a different place of work?
Agent Wilde.

Thanks.
Topic: Should I also underlined "ago" in order to get the question?
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:22:01 PM
NKM wrote:
The usual answer would be "It was twenty-four hours ago."

"Twenty-four hours ago he escaped from prison" is not how anybody would answer the question as presented. It might be the answer to some other question:

  "Why are we talking about him?"
  "Twenty-four hours ago he escaped from prison."




Hi NKM,
What does the "It" substitute or is it the dummy subject?

David.
Topic: Should I also underlined "ago" in order to get the question?
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:13:48 PM
Hi everyone,
Thank you all for your help and comments.
It's a listening exercise, so I can't change anything about that.

This is the paragraph where I took the sentence from.
The inspector waited, and the Chief of Police looked at him coldly. ‘What are you waiting for?’ she asked. ‘Go out and find him! Three months ago this man – Alex Dinon – killed the President of our country. He’s a murderer – a dangerous man. Twenty-four hours ago he escaped from prison, and our new President wants him back in prison–today! Now! At once!’

I believe this one is correct:
How long ago did he escape from prison?
a) (He escaped from prison) twenty-four hours ago.
b) It was twenty-four hours ago.

David.
Topic: Should I also underlined "ago" in order to get the question?
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:22:06 AM
Hi teachers,
According to the underlined part, I believe the question is the one I've written. My question is about "ago" in the answer, should I also underlined it in order to get the question or not?

How long ago did he escape from prison?
Twenty-four hours ago he escaped from prison.

Thanks.
Topic: Could the synonym express the meaning?
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:44:43 PM
NKM wrote:
Actually, "started to be" is essentially a literal definition of "became", but it wouldn't feel right in this sentence, because the "starting" wouldn't have lasted for 30 years. "Became" doesn't so strongly partake of the momentary aspect of "beginning".

That said, I don't really like "became" here either, even though it is often used that way despite its (softened) connotation of something that happens quickly at the onset. I'd prefer "came to be" instead.

 "… she moved into the Ritz Hotel in Paris, which came to be her home for 30 years."



Hi NKM,
A very interesting explanation. I appreciate that.

David.

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