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    According to the paragraphs given, is it a suitable question and answer?

    Hi teachers,
    According to the paragraphs below, is this a suitable question and answer?
    Why did Felix say no to Adam’s suggestion?
    Because that wasn't right.

    We questioned all his friends early this morning, Adam said. They said nothing. He looked at Felix. Can we bring some of them n there? With their wives. Then we can ask more… difficult questions. Somebody usually talks then.

    No, Felix said coldly. That’s not right, and you know it.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: According to the paragraphs given, is it a suitable question and answer?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    According to the paragraphs below, is this a suitable question and answer?
    Why did Felix say no to Adam’s suggestion?
    Because that wasn't right.

    We questioned all his friends early this morning, Adam said. They said nothing. He looked at Felix. Can we bring some of them n there? With their wives. Then we can ask more… difficult questions. Somebody usually talks then.

    No, Felix said coldly. That’s not right, and you know it.

    Thanks in advance.
    Your question is fine, but I think a better response would be "He said "No" to Adam's suggestion because he didn't think that Adam's suggestion was right". There is just something rather terse and unnatural about "Because that wasn't right". You could accept the response "Because it wasn't right" where "it" refers to the suggestion.

    Edit: I've just reread the piece and I'm a little confused. I don't necessarily think that it's Adam's suggestion that's "not right". I think it's that Felix thinks that the behaviour he's suggesting is not right (ie acceptable). He doesn't think it's right/acceptable/fair to bring in the people with their wives and ask them difficult questions.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-May-2012 at 00:22. Reason: Additional comments

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    Re: According to the paragraphs given, is it a suitable question and answer?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. What about this answer, 'He felt that it would not be right to use such tactics.', to the question, 'Why did Felix say no to Adam’s suggestion?'

    L54

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    Re: According to the paragraphs given, is it a suitable question and answer?

    That's a great answer, especially if your students are able to come up with it!

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    Re: According to the paragraphs given, is it a suitable question and answer?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's a great answer, especially if your students are able to come up with it!
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. No, they won't be able to come up with this answer. I just will give it as another or more elaborated possibility. Of course, this will give further discussions, which is what I always look for.

    L54

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