# Thread: Where is the line ???

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## Re: Where is the line ???

You didn't read my post carefully!!!

I didn't underline "old" in Q1 and I think Q1 is better.

2. ## Re: Where is the line ???

My apologies, Betterin, but I am still quite lost. I'm going to ask a few teachers to join our discussion. Hopefully they can help us figure out the best way for you to write your exam questions.

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## Re: Where is the line ???

Originally Posted by betterin
I want to teach ss to raise questions according to the underlined words in sentences.

I want to know exactly which words should be underlined in this sentence--
"Tom is two years old." (In most books,"two years old" is underlined)

Which is correct, "Tom is two years old." or "Tom is two years old."?

Or both are acceptable?
Both can be acceptable: If you have the answer identified with the underlined phrase, then my take is as follows:

Answer = "Tom is two years old.", then the probable question was: How many years old is Tom?

Answer = "Tom is two years old."? Question = #2 How old is Tom?

You need to decide what questions will elicit the required answer, and underline accordingly. Whether you underline "old" in these examples seems to me to depend on what you ask.

Answer = Johnny has grown by two and a half centimetres. Question = How many centimetres has Johnny grown?

Johnny has grown by two and a half centimetres Question = [By] How much has Johnny grown?

4. ## Re: Where is the line ???

I agree with Anglika. Either could be right, depending on the response you're looking for. (But as long as your students know what is required of them, does it matter whether your materials survive a rigorous academic inspection?)

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## Re: Where is the line ???

If you want them to ask 'How old is Tom', then I would underline all three words.

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## Re: Where is the line ???

Anglika ,thank you for your precious time and careful analysis. I have learned a lot from your reply.

Casiopea , thank you.
Last edited by betterin; 24-Jun-2007 at 18:03.

7. ## Re: Where is the line ???

Originally Posted by betterin
That is good.

Originally Posted by betterin
Anglika ,thank you for your precious time and careful analysis. I have learned a lot from you reply.

Casiopea , thank you.
There are problems with punctuation and spelling that do not appear in the first sentence.

~R

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