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    Default What tense do I have to use when making listening comprehension questions?

    I'm making listening comprehension questions and wonder what tense I have to use.

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    M: I can't go out with you for dinner because I'm broke.
    W: That's to bad I used to have same problems.

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    1) Why did the woman decide not to go out with the man?

    2) Why does the woman decide not to go out with the man?


    Which one is proper between 1 and 2?

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    Default Re: What tense do I have to use when making listening comprehension questions?

    They're both OK. The tense of your questions doesn't have to match the tense of dialogue.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: What tense do I have to use when making listening comprehension questions?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    M: I can't go out with you for dinner because I'm broke.
    W: That's too bad. I used to have the same problems.
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    Default Re: What tense do I have to use when making listening comprehension questions?

    And it's the man who says he can't go out, not the woman who decides not to go out with him.
    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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    Default Re: What tense do I have to use when making listening comprehension questions?

    One does miss the blindingly obvious sometimes.

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