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    Hi teachers.
    According to this sentence, 'Twenty minutes later he stood in front of Eva Hine's desk'.
    Besides 'a', is question and answer 'b' correct?
    a) Where did he stand twenty minutes later? He stood in front of Evan Hine's desk.
    b) Where was he twenty minutes later? He was in front of Eva Hine's desk.

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    Default Re: Is the question and answer correct?

    Grammar-wise, it's not incorrect.

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    Default Re: Is the question and answer correct?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. If it is not incorrect grammatically speaking, is it correct acording to the sentence given?

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    I can't speak for Bennevis, but I think he may have had in mind a situation in which the question and answers might have been:

    Frimpup minutes later he snerdled in front of the pipplesequat.

    a) Where did he snerdle frimpup minutes later? He snerdled in front of the pipplesequat.
    b) Where was he frimpup minutes late? He was in front of the pipplesequat.


    Nothing is grammatically incorrect. We know that the students can recognise a question form and deliver an appropriate answer correctly. We do not know if they have understood anything of the meaning of the original sentence.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Hi 5jj,
    Thank you for making me thinking. The students understand each word from the sentence and both questions. As usual these are questions, 'direct questions', for a listening exercise. The sentence is what they will hear. I just wanted to know if question 'b' could be asked according to the sentence given. I want to know if I can ask such a question without putting my foot in it. Why? Because the verb 'be is not in the sentence given.

    By the way, if the students have some new vocabulary during the listening, it is always explain before the exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    I just wanted to know if question 'b' could be asked according to the sentence given. I want to know if I can ask such a question without putting my foot in it. Why? Because the verb 'be' is not in the sentence given.
    Generally, yes, as we see in this example:

    Smith worked in his study while his wife entertained her friends.

    It's fine to ask:

    Where did Smith work/Where was Smith/What did Smith do ... while his wife entertained her friends?
    By the way, if the students have some new vocabulary during the listening, it is always explained before the exercise.
    That may be, but the type of question I suggested in post #4 does not test whether the students have understood the words. It's possible to answer my questions correctly while having no idea of what my made-up words might mean.
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    Generally, yes, as we see in this example.
    Thank you for your example. That's exactly what I wanted to know.

    That may be, but the type of question I suggested in post #4 does not test whether the students have understood the words. It's possible to answer my questions correctly while having no idea of what my made-up words might mean.
    You're right about it; it doesn't test them. That's why I always try to make sure that they know what they are answering about. Is there another way to do it?

    By the way, what do you do in order to have multiple ballons including the words?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    By the way, what do you do in order to have multiple ballons including the words?
    I'll answer that part first, You can either:

    1. Write QUOTE inside square brackets before the words you want to enclose in a speech balloon and /QUOTE inside square brackets after them,

    or

    2. Click on the 4th symbol from the right in the lower row of symbols at the top of your post - If you hover your cursor over it, it says "Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text". Then type your text in between the QUOTE tags that appear miraculously on your page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    I always try to make sure that they know what they are answering about. Is there another way to do it?
    As I have suggested in other threads, your questions check that the students have heard certain words, but do not generally check that they have understood anything. Let me give you another example. Let’s suppose the students hear a text containing the words “Lord Muffin snatched the derringer and shot his nephew”. I have given below two sets of questions. The A group questions, the sort you tend to compose, test only the ability to hear what has been said. You could ask this type of question about “Tork Grotth whippled the blesefuf and mattled his goolidoofa” and find that students give correct responses. The B group questions test whether the students have actually understood what is going on.

    Lord Muffin snatched the derringer and shot his nephew


    Group A:
    Who snatched the derringer?
    Who shot his nephew?
    What did Lord Muffin snatch?
    What did Lord Muffin do before he shot his nephew?
    Who(m) did Lord Muffin shoot?
    etc

    Lord Muffin snatched the derringer and shot his nephew
    Group B:
    Lord Muffin ...... the derringer?
    a. took..... b. pushed..... c. loaded ...d..... painted

    When Lord Muffin snatched the derringer, the action was .....
    a. slow.....b. quiet..... c. funny..... d sudden

    A derringer is a type of .....
    a. knife.....b. medicine..... c. gun..... d. hammer

    Lord Muffin was his nephew’s .....
    a. father..... b. aunt. ..... c. uncle. ..... d. cousin

    The nephew was a .....
    a. girl..... b. boy..... c. pet..... d. we don’t know.

    Lord Muffin killed his nephew. Is this statement
    a. true..... b. false ..... c. silly ..... d. we don’t know.....?




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    Default Re: Is the question and answer correct?

    Hi 5jj,
    Thank YOU for your reply. I'm astonished! I really am. It's excellent this kind of exercise. I would have never think about it on my own. The thing is that this exercise requires an excellent understanding of the English language and unfortunately it is beyond my grasp. But nevertheless I'll try my best in doing them and my hope is that you and the other teachers, will help me and have patience. It is a big challenge for me.

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