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    Question Writing instructions

    Hello!
    I must write some instructions for a complex 2-step exercise:first, the students have to fill in the blanks with the correct tense of the verbs written in bold type in the crossword clues coming below the text proper, the text being a joke; second, they have to complete the crossword using the tenses they have found and solving the extra clues, which, in fact, help them get the right tenses.
    Are the following instructions clear:
    Reconstruct the joke using the appropriate tense of the verbs below in bold type.Then, check your answers by solving the crossword and using the same tenses.
    I designed an exercise to practise derivation with the help of suffixes, and was wondering whether the title is OK:
    A Wonderful Word-Generating Machineor should I say ... Words-Generating...
    Thanks,
    Angela

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    and using - delete 'and'
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    Hi!
    Thanks.I think you didn't understand my second inquiry:
    1.A Wonderful Word-Generating Machine or
    2.A Wonderful Words-Generating machine.
    3.It was customary for Germans to give green eggs as gifts as well as hanging hollow eggs in trees.(is the underlined sequence correct?)
    4.When men converse with women, they remove their hat / hats?
    Thanks again,
    Angela

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    Default Re: Writing instructions

    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    Hi!
    Thanks.I think you didn't understand my second inquiry:
    1.A Wonderful Word-Generating Machine or
    2.A Wonderful Words-Generating machine.
    3.It was customary for Germans to give green eggs as gifts as well as hanging hollow eggs in trees.(is the underlined sequence correct?)
    4.When men converse with women, they remove their hat / hats?
    Thanks again,
    Angela
    1 rather than 2.

    3 - yes, although I don't understand it. If they're hollow chocolate eggs, I'd say just 'chocolate eggs' (I know you can have filled chocolate eggs, but they're usually called 'filled eggs' or [if appropriate] 'creme eggs'.)

    4 In BE, 'hats'. But in AmE, because - I'd guess - of the influence of a largely immigrant population (with many false friends in their native languages at the time that they arrived), I wouldn't be surprised if the singular was preferred.

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    Or maybe the hollow eggs are just shells - in which case, I'd expect the term 'blown egg-shells'
    Last edited by BobK; 25-Sep-2006 at 17:28. Reason: Added ps

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    Default Re: Writing instructions

    Hi, Bob!
    Thanks! By "hollow eggs" I do mean hollow eggs: it is the custom for Germans to hang them on trees- they still do:they take out the inside and the shell-proper is hung on some kind of miniature trees (eggs represent fertility and renewal).
    Regards,
    Angela

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