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    What did the writing under the picture say?

    Hi teachers,
    It is a doctor who speaks. This is the text.
    'I read the writing under the picture. It said:
    'Come in and see the Elephant Man'.

    Could you tell me a more challenging one?
    What did the writing under the picture say?
    It said, 'Come in and see the Elephant Man'.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 10-Jul-2012 at 18:01.

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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

    To test their tenses, try "What was written under the picture?" That way they won't recognise "writing" and "say" from the original text. To challenge further, change "under" to "below" in the question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    To test their tenses, try "What was written under the picture?" That way they won't recognise "writing" and "say" from the original text. To challenge further, change "under" to "below" in the question.
    Hi magician,
    Thank you very much for your reply. I know that under and below both mean at a lower level and can often be used interchangeably. This is one of those cases, isn't it?

    L.

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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi magician,
    Thank you very much for your reply. I know that under and below both mean at a lower level and can often be used interchangeably. This is one of those cases, isn't it?

    L.
    In this context, yes.

    - The writing under the picture
    - The writing below the picture
    - The writing beneath the picture (possible but I should say that I don't like the usage)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

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    Hello, Learning:

    May I add my two cents' worth?

    1. I think that your adult students would appreciate it if you eventually teach them the word caption.

    2. For ordinary speakers, "caption" is generally accepted as meaning "the words under a photograph" in, for example,

    a newspaper.

    3. I am looking at a photo in my local newspaper. In the picture, there are a man and a bull. The caption reads:

    "A reveler is tossed in a bullring in Pamploma, Spain."

    4. If your students learn the word "caption," they will not have to use the five words of "the writing under the picture."


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

    Hello, Learning:
    May I add my two cents' worth?
    If your students learn the word "caption," they will not have to use the five words of "the writing under the picture."
    Hi TheParser,
    Thank you so much for your two cents. Your advice is very worth. I'll tell my students for sure.

    Best,
    Learning

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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

    If it's a caption under a photo in a magazine, newspaper or website then "caption" is appropriate. However, if there is a painting or a photograph hanging on a wall in a gallery, for example, then the writing under/beside it, giving the title and name of the artist etc is not a "caption". I actually don't know what that is called!
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    Re: What did the writing under the picture say?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    if there is a painting or a photograph hanging on a wall in a gallery, for example, then the writing under/beside it, giving the title and name of the artist etc is not a "caption". I actually don't know what that is called!
    NOT A TEACHER

    1. I am sure that an art lover will soon give us all the answer.

    2. Being a very lowbrow person who never visits museums, I -- of course -- did not know, so I asked "Professor

    Google." She (!) told me that one term is a museum wall label.

    It often contains the following:

    a. name of artist.
    b. his/her nationality.
    c. birth date and/or date of death.
    d. title of the work.
    e. year it was made.
    f. materials used.
    g. name of people who helped the museum get this work.

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