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    Default Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Hi teachers,
    If the students are listening to a story and they listen to sentences in the simple past and simple present, should I ask them questions only in the simple past because the story was in the past?

    Or the other way around, should I ask them questions according to the sentences they listen to? I mean if they listen to a sentence in the simple past my question should be in the simple past, if they listen to a sentence in the simple present my question should be in the simple present, if they listen to a sentence in future my question should be in future too, and so on.

    Thanks in advannce

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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Did we not have an exchange of comments about this very question a few weeks ago? It sounds very familiar.

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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Did we not have an exchange of comments about this very question a few weeks ago? It sounds very familiar.
    Did we? Let me look at my posts. Probably my unique working neuron is not working very well today.

    Yes we did!!!
    It is on this post.

    Which tense to use for questions based on a story

    You even asked to decide about these ones, and I've said the first one! You agree on that. I'm starting to worry about my brain.

    Q1: Where is the man?
    Q2: What is he wearing?
    Q3: Does he have a gun?

    OR

    Q1: Where was the man?
    Q2: What was he wearing?
    Q3: Did he have a gun?

    Which of those sets of questions sounds most natural to you. I know which set I think is the most natural but see if you get the same feeling.
    Last edited by learning54; 03-Mar-2012 at 09:39.

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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Don't worry - teaching for a living will do that to your brain! If it helps, my answer remains the same.

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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Don't worry - teaching for a living will do that to your brain!.
    Thank you!!! It doen't mean that I feel better, but now I have an explanation.


    Best,
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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Hi ma'am.
    What do you mean by very? I understand what you have meant in this sentence.
    about this very question a few weeks ago?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If it helps, my answer remains the same.
    Yes, it does!!

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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Probably my unique working neuron is not working very well today.
    'único' can mean 'unique', as well as 'only' or 'sole'. But 'unique' doesn't seem to work here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'único' can mean 'unique', as well as 'only' or 'sole'. But 'unique' doesn't seem to work here.
    Hi Raymott,
    Thank you for your commentary. I didn't know you also understand Spanish!
    Will 'only' be better in this case?

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    Default Re: Question on which tense to use for a listening exercise

    You'd probably be better off with "my one and only brain cell" if you're being a bit sarcastic about yourself.

    As far as my "this very question" goes it means "this exact question" or "exactly the same question".

    - Was that the man you saw stealing the car?
    - Yes, that's the very man.

    - I bought a wedding dress. Here it is. Do you like it?
    - Wow, what a coincidence. That's the very dress I was considering for my wedding!

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