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    Clue vs cue

    Hello,

    If you were to examine a student supposed to talk about a topic for a few minutes, e.g. "Australia" and wanted to give him a list of items that he or she could mention (Climate, Population, Commonwealth, etc.), would you label that list a list of cues or clues? Or are both correct? Do you know any better words to use for that?

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Hello,

    If you were to examine a student who is supposed to talk about a topic for a few minutes, e.g. "Australia", and wanted to give him a list of items that he or she could mention (Climate, Population, Commonwealth, etc.), would you label that list a list of cues or clues? Or are both correct? Neither word is suitable.

    Do you know any better words to use for that? I would say 'things'. (or less likely 'subtopics')

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    Last edited by 2006; 02-Oct-2010 at 14:02. Reason: returning the "to" that I didn't mean to remove

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    What about the word ideas?

    BTW, why did you add "who is" to my post? I think it's perfectly correct to say e.g. "A man known to be missing" instead of "A man who is known to be missing".

    And why did you remove "to" from the part "supposed [to] talk about a topic"?

    EDIT: The post above this one was edited in response to this post, so now this post partially doesn't make sense (which I always appreciate).
    Last edited by enthink; 02-Oct-2010 at 14:31.

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    What about the word ideas?
    I don't think "ideas" fits well with the words and structure of that sentence. We generally talk about our ideas or tell people our ideas. "things" is much better in your sentence.

    BTW, why did you add "who is" to my post? I think it's perfectly correct to say e.g. "A man known to be missing" instead of "A man who is known to be missing".

    "known" and "supposed" are not comparable here.
    "supposed" has at least two possible meanings.

    1...assumed
    A man (assumed)(supposed) to be the father.......

    2...should
    He (should)(is supposed to) do.....

    So, in your sentence, you need to say '...examine a student who is supposed to talk...'.



    And why did you remove "to" from the part "supposed [to] talk about a topic"? my mistake I unintentionally removed it when I added to the sentence.

    EDIT: The post above this one was edited in response to this post, so now this post partially doesn't make sense (which I always appreciate)
    Don't worry about that; everyone will know what happened.
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    Re: Clue vs cue

    Not a teacher.

    I would say something like "to suggest some points to elaborate on/discuss". What do you think?

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    Native English speakers, please vote for the best one:

    1) The following items could help you:
    - Climate
    - Population
    - Relationships with neighbors

    2) The following points could help you:
    - Climate
    - Population
    - Relationships with neighbors

    3) The following ideas could help you:
    - Climate
    - Population
    - Relationships with neighbors

    4) The following things could help you:
    - Climate
    - Population
    - Relationships with neighbors

    5) The following could help you: [no explicit subject]
    - Climate
    - Population
    - Relationships with neighbors

    I'm not sure those things are things though. The last one would be my safest bet.

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    [QUOTE=enthink;659422]Native English speakers, please vote for the best one:
    Remember that you changed the wording very considerably. So whatever people may choose from your list won't apply to your original post.

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    [QUOTE=2006;659433]
    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Native English speakers, please vote for the best one:
    Remember that you changed the wording very considerably. So whatever people may choose from your list won't apply to your original post.
    What's the difference, then?

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    Or 'Useful words' perhaps...

    What makes 'cue' wrong is that a cue is a trigger, rather than the word itself. An actor, for example, must know his cues - the words or actions that make him say or do something.

    What makes 'clue' wrong is that a clue is a hint about some fact, rather than the word itself.

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    Re: Clue vs cue

    Can "cue" mean hint too?

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