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    I want to teach ss to raise questions according to the underlined words in sentences.

    I want to know exactly which words should be underlined in this sentence--
    "Tom is two years old." (In most books,"two years old" is underlined)

    Which is correct, "Tom is two years old." or "Tom is two years old."?

    Or both are acceptable?
    Last edited by betterin; 17-May-2007 at 16:00.

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Hello, betterin.

    I'm not quite sure I fully understand your question. Is this the answer you're looking for?

    Statement: Tom is two years old.
    Question: How old is Tom?

    Does that help?

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Hello, betterin.

    I'm not quite sure I fully understand your question. Is this the answer you're looking for?

    Statement: Tom is two years old.
    Question: How old is Tom?

    Does that help?
    Yes.
    You understand me 100 percent. I didn't notice the "underline" tag.
    Thanks a lot!

    I just wonder which words I should underline, "two years old " or "two years"?
    Or are both acceptable? In most books, "two years old" are underlined.

    But I think it is better not to underline "old". Underlined words usually do not appear in the question.For example,

    Tom and Bill are students.
    Who are students?

    Is my opinion correct?

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Quote Originally Posted by betterin View Post
    But I think it is better not to underline "old".
    Well, you don't have to underline it, but old does head the phrase two years old, which is why it's underlined in most of the books you have.

    Example A
    Tom is two years old.
    _____ is Tom?

    Example B
    Tom is two years old.
    _____ old is Tom?

    Does that help?

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Thanks a lot.

    I want to infer a rule (e.g. underlined words do not appear in the question)so that students can easily raise questions according to the underlined words.

    It seems that this rule doesn't apply to the "how old " questions, which i think are just exceptions.

    Other questions apply with the rule.

    For example:

    Tom is two meters tall.
    How tall is Tom?

    "tall" is not underlined in most books.

    Is my opinion correct?
    Last edited by betterin; 18-May-2007 at 13:19.

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Quote Originally Posted by betterin View Post
    For example:

    Tom is two meters tall.
    How tall is Tom?

    "tall" is not underlined in most books.

    Is my opinion correct?
    It's not your opinion, though. It's what you've read in 'most books'.

    My advice to you is this, be consistent:

    Tom is two years old.
    Tom is two meters tall.

    Does that help?

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Quote Originally Posted by betterin View Post
    I want to teach ss to raise questions according to the underlined words in sentences.

    I want to know exactly which words should be underlined in this sentence--
    "Tom is two years old." (In most books,"two years old" is underlined)

    Which is correct, "Tom is two years old." or "Tom is two years old."?

    Or both are acceptable?
    Both can be acceptable: If you have the answer identified with the underlined phrase, then my take is as follows:

    Answer = "Tom is two years old.", then the probable question was: How many years old is Tom?

    Answer = "Tom is two years old."? Question = #2 How old is Tom?

    You need to decide what questions will elicit the required answer, and underline accordingly. Whether you underline "old" in these examples seems to me to depend on what you ask.

    Answer = Johnny has grown by two and a half centimetres. Question = How many centimetres has Johnny grown?

    Answer =
    Johnny has grown by two and a half centimetres Question = [By] How much has Johnny grown?

    Is this getting closer to answering your question?


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    I agree with Anglika. Either could be right, depending on the response you're looking for. (But as long as your students know what is required of them, does it matter whether your materials survive a rigorous academic inspection?)

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    If you want them to ask 'How old is Tom', then I would underline all three words.

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    Default Re: Where is the line ???

    Tdol, your reply was brief and to the point. Thank you.

    Anglika ,thank you for your precious time and careful analysis. I have learned a lot from your reply.

    Casiopea , thank you.
    Last edited by betterin; 24-Jun-2007 at 17:03.

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