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    Are these two questions natural?

    Hi teachers,
    According to the following sentence, do options 'a' and 'b' sound natural as questions?
    In their games, she almost always wins, but two weeks ago he won.

    a) What does she almost always do when they play together? (Isn't this one too pompous?)
    b) What amost always happens when they play together?

    Thanks in advance.


    Last edited by learning54; 26-Jun-2012 at 07:56.

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    #2

    Re: Are these two questions natural?

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    They both sound a little bit unnatural (forced) to me. I think one question can have both answers you want.

    What does usually happen when the play together?
    a) She wins, but this time he won.
    b) She wins.


    Furthermore, I find 'almost always wins' a little bit ambiguous.
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    Re: Are these two questions natural?

    The typo "amost" aside, both questions are perfectly correct. Neither one is pompous: they express a complex thought in the bare minimum of words.

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    #4

    Re: Are these two questions natural?

    They're OK, but I prefer the second as it's a bit more testing.

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    Re: Are these two questions natural?

    Furthermore, I find 'almost always wins' a little bit ambiguous.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply and suggestions. The sentence is taken from a book.

    L.

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    Re: Are these two questions natural?

    Hi,
    This one is also correct. Right?
    What did Tom do a couple of weeks ago?
    He won.

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    Re: Are these two questions natural?

    It's correct, but in the spirit of Tdol, I'd prefer

    What happened two weeks ago? Tom won.

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    Re: Are these two questions natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    It's correct, but in the spirit of Tdol, I'd prefer

    What happened two weeks ago? Tom won.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. I do respect his spirit and knowledge as well as yours.

    L.

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