Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. learning54's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 1,125
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    I'd like to be confirmed or not about the question and possible answer.

    Hi teachers,
    Needed information: the Chief is a woman.
    This is the context:
    'Sit down, Inspector, and listen,’ the Chief said. ‘Weneed to find this man quickly. The President is not happy. You’re a goodpoliceman, Inspector, and this is an important job for you.’
    _________________________________________________
    Could it be a suitable question and answer?
    What did the Chief think about Felix and that job?
    She thought he was a good policeman and that job was important for him.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Czech
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Mar 2011
    • Posts: 705
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: I'd like to be confirmed or not about the question and possible answer.

    NOT A TEACHER

    Could it be a suitable question?
    What did the Chief think about Felix and that job?
    Supposing Felix is the inspector, the question is fine. However, if a teacher gave the question to me at school I would probably have difficultly understanding the word 'job' in that particular context. It could suggest either job as occupation of policeman (in this case), which Felix is being threatened to lose or either, which seems to me more logical, the particular piece of work i.e. finding the man. However, looking back, I am exaggerating it a bit.

    To make it plain, there are many possibilities, with which inventive students might come. I would perhaps change 'Felix' to 'inspector'.

    Tracking back what I wrote, I feel I failed to anwer.

  2. learning54's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 1,125
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: I'd like to be confirmed or not about the question and possible answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Supposing Felix is the inspector, (yes, he is) the question is fine. However, if a teacher gave the question to me at school I would probably have difficultly understanding the word 'job' in that particular context. It could suggest either job as occupation of policeman (in this case), which Felix is being threatened to lose or either, which seems to me more logical, the particular piece of work i.e. finding the man. However, looking back, I am exaggerating it a bit.
    No at all. But the thing is that the context is from a CD, so I can't change anything.
    To make it plain, there are many possibilities, with which inventive students might come. I would perhaps change 'Felix' to 'inspector'.

    Tracking back what I wrote, I feel I failed to anwer. Why didn't you? You've told the question is fine. My question was mostly about the word 'that' in the question.
    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your reply.

    L.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Czech
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Mar 2011
    • Posts: 705
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: I'd like to be confirmed or not about the question and possible answer.

    What did the Chief think about Felix and that job?
    'That' should be fine. However, it reminds me of my teacher saying that it is a typical Czech mistake that we substitute articles using the demonstrative pronouns. Therefore, I'd rather use 'the', but I do not think that keeping that would make it a mistake.

  3. learning54's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 1,125
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: I'd like to be confirmed or not about the question and possible answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    'That' should be fine. However, it reminds me of my teacher saying that it is a typical Czech mistake that we substitute articles using the demonstrative pronouns. Therefore, I'd rather use 'the', but I do not think that keeping that would make it a mistake.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    On a second thought, I guess it is better to use 'the' in the question in this case. Why? To don't have two that's in the answer. Don't you think so?

    What did the Chief think about Felix and
    the job?
    She thought he was a good policeman and
    that the job was important for him.

    L.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Czech
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Mar 2011
    • Posts: 705
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: I'd like to be confirmed or not about the question and possible answer.

    To be honest about the answer, at first I found 'that' in it a bit ambiguous:

    She thought he was a good policeman and that job was important for him. - that as a pronoun - that job

    She thought he was a good policeman and that job was important for him. - that as a conjuction - repetition of that:

    She thought (that) he was a good policeman and (that) job was important for him.

    To don't have two that's in the answer.
    I agree. It makes it clearer. Nevertheless, I would wait for a teacher to confirm what we both just wrote.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-Aug-2012, 09:40
  2. [Vocabulary] confirmed by
    By ngocha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20-Jun-2011, 21:10
  3. confirm or confirmed?
    By Zoe2008 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-May-2010, 05:33
  4. confirm or confirmed?
    By Zoe2008 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Aug-2009, 14:44
  5. get appointed, get confirmed
    By sureshfina in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Jul-2008, 07:26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •