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    #21

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    I was working form Post #18, which states: (Note that, the emphasis is mine)

    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsomatrics
    ...none of the three model questions you formed can have "she's broken her leg" as answer in the first instance.
    I agree. "She's broken her leg" cannot be considered "as [an] answer".

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    #22

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    I agree. "She's broken her leg" cannot be considered "as [an] answer". [/QUOTE]


    Are you trying to say that the sentence I wrote MUST have the definite Article "an" before "answer"...
    Then consider the following sentences..."Founding a church,these days,seems to be good business"...and ..."founding a church,these days,seems to be a good business"...which of the two would you consider to be wrong or agrammatical...
    "none of the three questions you formed can have "she's broken her leg as answer"(right/correct)..."none of the ...can have...as an answer"(correct/right)
    Therefore,for reasons of polemical precision and grammatical posterity,it is safe to note that in such a case as this Articles are inconsequential.

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    #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhaps
    Are you trying to say that the sentence I wrote MUST have the definite Article "an" before "answer"...
    Not at all. I added [an] to reduce the ambiguity housed within. That's all. I could have added [the], even [its]. Those work, too:
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhaps
    none of the three questions you formed can have "she's broken her leg as [its] answer"
    In other words, I'm having trouble making out what the sentence means. Does it mean, none of the three questions can answer "She's broken her leg"? If so, what are your thoughts? Why don't the questions work?

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    #24

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    Dear Teachers,

    Thank you again for your clear,patient and useful explanations.I've learnt a lot from you.

    In my opinion,Dang Viet yen's quetion word "How" should be changed into "what",because we can not find any "words or phrases" in the first sentence that can answer the question word "How".I meam :

    She has broken her leg.
    -->How..........................? (impossible)
    -->What.........................? ( possible )

    This is the question-maker's mistake,I think.If we want to do some practice on the question-word "How" the first sentence should be changed.

    Thank all again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renzheng04

    She has broken her leg.

    -->How..........................? (impossible)


    This is the question-maker's mistake, I think. If we want to do some practice on the question-word "How" the first sentence should be changed.
    It's perfectly fine the way it is, renzheng.

    EX: How did she do it?

    That question is not related to the syntax, the sentence structure and/or the words in the sentence. Sure, "What" would work; e.g., "What did she break?", but that's the wrong WH-word. The sentence we've been asked to make has to start with "How".

    The question, "How did she do it?" works because it's related to pragmatics. That is, if a friend of yours broke her leg, wouldn't you want to know how she did it? or How she is doing? Here's another perfectly good question:

    EX: How is she?

    You see, the poster's request is not about "syntax"; it's about pragmatics. The following work just fine:

    Doctor: She has broken her leg.
    Sam: How is she?
    Pat: How did she do it?

    All the best,

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    #26

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    Thanks,Casiopea.

    I know it is right english to say:
    How did she break her leg?
    How is she?

    But here the way to guide the learners to do practice is not good enough,I think.Becuase it is difficult for them ( learners)to find the words or phrases that can answer the question with "how" from the first sentence.
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    When did it happened?

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    #28

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    Quote Originally Posted by renzheng04

    But here the way to guide the learners to do practice is not good enough,I think.Becuase it is difficult for them ( learners)to find the words or phrases that can answer the question with "how" from the first sentence.
    That's just the point, though. There's more to language than the words. Meaning also exists outside the words. It's called Pragmatics. For example, what would you say and do if you were in a classroom on a windy day and someone said, "I'm cold." If it were me, I'd ask the person if s/he wanted me to close the window. That's pragmatics.

    London Bridges, the puzzle we're working on requires a question that must begin with "How", not when.

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    #29

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    Thankyou again,Casiopea.

    I wish the question makers'ideas and the contexts would be clear for the learners to answer the the questions easily ,correctly.

    I.Make questions for the words and phrases in bold letters.

    1.she worked hard last year.
    How.............................?

    2.She went to school by motorbike every day last year.
    How.............................?

    II.Complete the dialogue below.

    A. Li is absent again.
    B. How.................?
    A. She has broken her leg.
    B. How................?
    A. She fell off the moterbike on the way home from school some days ago.

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    #30

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    I.Make questions for the words and phrases in bold letters.
    OK.


    1.she worked hard last year.
    How did she do on her exams?

    2.She went to school by motorbike every day last year.
    How did she afford the gas and upkeep?
    II.Complete the dialogue below.

    A. Li is absent again.
    B. How come?
    A. She has broken her leg.
    B. How did she do it?
    A. She fell off the moterbike on the way home from school some days ago.
    How'd I do, teach?

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