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    'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    Hi teachers,
    This is for a listening comprehension exercise. The title is the Elephant Man. The person that says that sentence is a doctor
    One question:
    If this is what the students will hear: “his head was the most interesting thing.” Is it a suitable question to ask? 'were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

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    I think it should be: Were there any parts of his body that really interested the doctor?

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

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    I think it should be: Were there any parts of his body that really interested the doctor?
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. Of course it should be an adjective!


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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Thank you for your reply. Of course it should be an adjective
    It's a verb, past simple. The subject is 'that', antecedent 'parts'.

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

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    It's a verb, past simple. The subject is 'that', antecedent 'parts'.
    Hi 5jj,
    Wow! Thank you for your information.
    a) How do I know when 'that' is a subject?
    b) Is 'that really interested the doctor' still a that clause?

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    It's a relative clause. You could use 'which' in place of 'that - though many people prefer 'that' in defining relative clauses.

    Here's another, from your first post, "The person that says that sentence is a doctor". In that one, the first 'that' can be replaced by 'who'.

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's a relative clause. You could use 'which' in place of 'that - though many people prefer 'that' in defining relative clauses.

    Here's another, from your first post, "The person that says that sentence is a doctor". In that one, the first 'that' can be replaced by 'who'.
    Hi 5jj,
    Thank you so much for your information.

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    Last edited by learning54; 09-Jul-2012 at 18:51.

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    Hi 5jj,
    If in this sentence, 'Were there any parts of the creature’s body that really interested the doctor?', the blue part is the relative clause, it is also the dependent clause.
    The red part is the independent clause then. But to me it doesn't look like that. Is it? I guess it is, it has to be. But of course, it will have a different answer without the information in the restrictive relative clause. It is quite obvious. I was just writing what I was thinking.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 09-Jul-2012 at 19:58.

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    Re: 'Were there any parts of his body that really interest the doctor?'

    Hi,
    The original sentence is, 'His head was the most interesting thing'.
    Could the answer to this question,
    'Were there any parts of the creature’s body that really interested the doctor?' be, 'Yes, his head'.
    I mean is the punctuation correct?

    Thanks in advance.

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