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    Hi Teachers,
    Could you tell me which one is better? Are both of them acceptable?
    a) Listen to the episode. When you are finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.
    b) Listen to the episode. When you have finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi Teachers,
    Could you tell me which one is better? Are both of them acceptable?
    a) Listen to the episode. When you are finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.
    b) Listen to the episode. When you have finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.

    Thanks in advance
    As a BrE speaker, I would only use b).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    As a BrE speaker, I would only use b).
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

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    Default Re: Question on exercise directions

    Hi Teachers,
    Could you tell me which one is better? Are both of them acceptable?
    a) Listen to the episode. When you are finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.
    b) Listen to the episode. When you have finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.

    Thanks in advance

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    As a BrE speaker, I would only use b).
    As an AmE speaker, I too would only use "b". But, I must admit that many AmE speakers would use "a".

    In any event, when writing instructions to students I believe that it is very important to be succinct and to the point. With this in mind, I would rephrase the question to read:

    Listen to the episode. When you have finished, create your own questions on the next page.

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    Default Re: Question on exercise directions

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Hi Teachers,
    Could you tell me which one is better? Are both of them acceptable?
    a) Listen to the episode. When you are finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.
    b) Listen to the episode. When you have finished, you will create your own questions on the next page.

    Thanks in advance



    As an AmE speaker, I too would only use "b". But, I must admit that many AmE speakers would use "a".

    In any event, when writing instructions to students I believe that it is very important to be succinct and to the point. With this in mind, I would rephrase the question to read:

    Listen to the episode. When you have finished, create your own questions on the next page.
    Hi John,
    Than you so much for your reply. You know that directions drive me crazy. I guess I do the same with all of you.

    Best,
    L54

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    I would say 'Listen to the episode and then create your own questions on the next page'.

    After all, they aren't going to create questions before they have finished listening.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Question on exercise directions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would say 'Listen to the episode and then create your own questions on the next page'.

    After all, they aren't going to create questions before they have finished listening.

    Rover
    Hi Rover,
    Thank you for your suggestion.

    Best,
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