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    Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.

    Hi teachers,
    Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.
    When is Mrs. Anderson's cat always in the kitchen?
    In the mornings.

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    Re: Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.

    It's fine grammatically, though it sounds a little odd.

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    Re: Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.

    Hi 5jj,
    Thank you for your reply. Will it sound better with 'sometimes' instead of 'always'? Or it doesn't matter?

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    Re: Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.

    I agree with 5jj. I think the problem is that "always" is a description of "when".

    A perfectly possible question and answer could be:
    When is Mrs Anderson's cat in the kitchen?
    Her cat is always in the kitchen.

    That doesn't fit the facts of your piece, I realise that. There is something about having "when" and "always" in the question that just doesn't sound right.

    Can you try "Where can we find Mrs Anderson's cat every morning?" to see if your students spot that the cat "always being in the kitchen in the mornings" is the same as "every morning"?

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    Re: Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.

    I imagine that your question is based on a text saying something like, "My cat is always in the kitchen when I prepare/am preparing meals", and that you wish to elicit these words answer.

    The problem is, as I have pointed out before, the more you try to elicit one specific wording of an answer, the more artificial your question is likely to be.

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    Re: Is the word order of the question appropriate? Particularly 'always'.

    Can you try "Where can we find Mrs Anderson's cat every morning?" to see if your students spot that the cat "always being in the kitchen in the mornings" is the same as "every morning"?
    Hi,
    Thank you. That's a very good switch.

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