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    19) The generous student

    19) The generous student

    The math’s teacher asked a polite and clever student a question.
    He said: “divide nine apples between you and your brother”.
    The student: “five apples for my brother and four for me”.
    The teacher: “why you didn’t take five for yourself and let four for your brother.
    The student: “I love my brother and I don’t want to be greedy too”.
    The teacher: “Thank you for your answer. Really you are a generous student”.

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    19) The generous student

    The maths teacher asked a polite and clever student a question.
    He said, “Divide nine apples between you and your brother."
    The student said,Five apples for my brother and four for me."
    The teacher said, “Why you didn’t didn't you take five for yourself and let give four for to your brother?"
    The student replied, “I love my brother and I don’t want to be greedy." too
    The teacher said, “Thank you for your answer. Really You are a very generous student."

    See above.

    1) Remember that the first letter of a statement or question in quotes must start with a capital letter.
    2) We don't put a colon before reported speech.
    3) If the last word of the reported speech is also the end of the sentence, the full stop goes inside the quotation marks.
    4) We rarely start a sentence with "Really" like this. This is a common error which we hear from many different nationalities. I can only assume it's a direct translation.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Sep-2010 at 22:23. Reason: Missing commas

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    I have one question. Which one of these is correct

    The math's teacher
    The maths' teacher
    The maths teacher

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    I have one question. Which one of these is correct

    The math's teacher
    The maths' teacher
    The maths teacher
    You never need to use an apostrophe here.
    The English teacher.
    The music teacher.
    The math teacher.
    (Or: The maths teacher.)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2
    2) We don't put a colon before reported speech.
    Agreed, but we can use a comma.
    He said,Divide nine apples between you and your brother."

    Cheers!

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    In the US we would write - the mathematics teacher. If was informal (friend to friend), the math teacher. I assume that there is another way to do this in British English.
    Mathematics sounds very formal in BrE these days.

    Yes: Math = Am E but Maths = BrE.

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    I thought I should write the indirect speech as it is done below

    He said, '
    Divide nine apples between you and your brother.'




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    Re: 19) The generous student

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I thought I should write the indirect speech as it is done below

    He said, '
    Divide nine apples between you and your brother.'

    That's not indirect speech, that's direct speech. Indirect speech would be:

    He told me that he wanted me to divide nine apples between myself and my brother.

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post

    Agreed, but we can use a comma.
    He said,Divide nine apples between you and your brother."

    Cheers!
    Thanks. Apologies for that - I have no idea what happened to my use of commas when I amended the original post. I guess I was just too busy deleting colons!

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    Re: 19) The generous student

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I thought I should write the direct speech as it is done below

    He said, '
    Divide nine apples between you and your brother.'
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    Re: 19) The generous student

    Thank you guys I understand it well.

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