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    Default Questions about directions for an exercise

    Hi teachers,
    I have these directions, 'After reading the story, complete the answers to the
    questions'.

    My questions is, since the
    'questions' are all of them 'wh-questions' or 'information questions' and after them the students have 'yes/no questions' for the same story, should I have to write in my directions 'wh-questions' instead of just 'questions' or it is fine the way it is?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Questions about directions for an exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    I have these directions, 'After reading the story, complete the answers to the
    questions'.

    My questions is, since the
    'questions' are all of them 'wh-questions' or 'information questions' and after them the students have 'yes/no questions' for the same story, should I have to write in my directions 'wh-questions' instead of just 'questions' or it is fine the way it is?

    Thanks in advance

    I don't see why you should differentiate between "wh" questions and any other type of question. If it finishes with a question mark, it's a question.

    What did Juan do after he got up?
    Was it raining when he got up?
    Is there anyone else in the house?
    Who came to the house after breakfast?
    Do we know when it stopped raining?

    Those are all questions. It really doesn't matter what type.

    You don't really need to say "complete the answers to the questions", you can just put "After reading the story, answer the questions".

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    Default Re: Questions about directions for an exercise

    I don't see why you should differentiate between "wh" questions and any other type of question. If it finishes with a question mark, it's a question. That's right. I agree with you.

    What did Juan do after he got up? For me 'wh-question'
    Was it raining when he got up? For me 'yes/no question'
    Is there anyone else in the house? For me 'yes/no question'
    Who came to the house after breakfast? For me 'wh-question'
    Do we know when it stopped raining? For me 'yes/no question'


    Those are all questions. It really doesn't matter what type. I also agree here with you. The thing is, after each reading the students have 10-15 'wh-questions' after they have completed them, they have 'yes/no questions' out of the previous 'wh-questions'. I don't mix them. First ones and then the others.

    You don't really need to say "complete the answers to the questions", you can just put "After reading the story, answer the questions".
    I guess I need to say it that way. Let me give you an example of the way I present them the 'wh-questions'

    What is Robert planningto do this evening?
    _____ _____ _____________ to ___________ _________ for __________.


    The students have to write, 'He is planning to invite Kate for dinner'. The exercise is for beginners.

    Thanks in advance. Sorry, I forgot the period.

    Thank you for your reply and pacience.
    L54

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    Default Re: Questions about directions for an exercise

    I agree that "answer the questions" is all you need to say, regardless of the form of the question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Unless you're trying to "teach in the question", i.e. reinforce that this section is covering so-called "wh-questions". (BTW, I'm not sure I've ever heard the phrase wh-questions. yes/no questions, sure.)

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    Default Re: Questions about directions for an exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I agree that "answer the questions" is all you need to say, regardless of the form of the question.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    OK. If that is your opinion and emsr2d2, I have no further 'questions' about it.

    Best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Unless you're trying to "teach in the question", i.e. reinforce that this section is covering so-called "wh-questions". (BTW, I'm not sure I've ever heard the phrase wh-questions. yes/no questions, sure.)
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    Yes! It exists, 'wh-questions' or 'information questions' as well as 'yes/no questions'.

    Best,
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    Default Re: Questions about directions for an exercise

    I've always heard it as "the Five Ws (and one H)", but more in regards to journalism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I've always heard it as "the Five Ws (and one H)", but more in regards to journalism.
    If you surf the Internet you'll find the terms.

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