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    Which one is better?

    Hi teachers,
    Which one is better?
    a) What did Marta find and what did she make for him?
    b) What did Marta find and made for him?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    a) is better as b) is ungrammatical.

    'What did Marta find and make for him?' would be OK.


    A better thread title would have been What did Marta find. . . ?

    Rover

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Hi Rover,
    So, generally speaking, when we have two different verbs in a question, there is no need to use the same 'question word' twice, is there?

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Some of the 'double' questions you have presented in this forum would be more naturally asked as separate questions, or as more open questions..

    She peeled the potato and sliced it.
    What did she peel and slice?
    What did she do with the potato?

    She switched off the radio and opened her book.
    What did she switch off and and open?
    What did she switch off and what did she open?
    What did she switch off? What did she open?
    What did she do first? What did she do after that?
    What two things did she do?
    What did she do after switching off the radio?
    What did she do before opening her book?

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Hi 5jj,
    What did she switch off? What did she open?
    What did she do first? What did she do after that?

    So if I understood it, it is much better to ask two questions separately or a more open one, if the statement, or the answer that I want to obtain, has 2 verbs like in your example, 'She switched off the radio and opened her book.'

    Bu if I want to give the students direct instructions there's nothing wrong with it, isn't it?
    This is the paragraph where the instructions are taken from:
    Marta laughed. ‘It’s all right,’ she said. ‘I’m not afraid of the President’s murdered. You can stay here tonight, Alex Dinon, and have a good sleep. I don’t like the police, and I’m not going to tell them.’

    Explain where can Alex stay and what he can have there.
    He can stay there and have a good sleep.

    The students already know that 'there' refers to her house due to previous questions.

    Or all in one, it is wrong to use 'direct instructions' for this type of exercise. I mean, for listening comprehension exercises.
    Last edited by learning54; 01-May-2012 at 11:25.

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