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    Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    Hi teachers,
    According to this contex: It is from a CD. (The Elephant Man)

    Yes sir, I see. But how can he get to the hospital? It’s going to be difficult.
    Why, man? The hospital’s not far from here.
    Well, yes, sir. I know. But, you see, Merrick can’t walk very well. He needs help.
    You can come with him. Do you want more money? Is that it?
    Well, yes, sir, I do. But, you see, people are afraid of him too … in the road, little boys always run after him and hit him. Then the police get angry because people are afraid. Sometimes they take us to prison.
    I see, I said. Well, how can he come to the hospital, then?
    Bring a cab, sir, said Silcock. You can take him to the hospital in a cab.

    Are these questions and answers suitable?
    a) Why did the shopkeeper say, ‘How can he come to the hospital? It’s going to be difficult.'?
    Because Merrick couldn’t walk very well. He needed help.
    b) What was the real shopkeeper's reason? He wanted more money.
    c) How did people and little kids react when they saw Merrick?
    People were afraid and little kids ran after him and hit him.
    d) What was the police's reaction when people were afraid?
    They got angry and sometimes they took them to prison.
    e) What was the shopkeeper's solution then? To take Merrick to the hospital in a cab.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 24-Aug-2012 at 16:05.

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    Re: Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    According to this contex: It is from a CD. (The Elephant Man)

    Yes sir, I see. But how can he get to the hospital? It’s going to be difficult.
    Why, man? The hospital’s not far from here.
    Well, yes, sir. I know. But, you see, Merrick can’t walk very well. He needs help.
    You can come with him. Do you want more money? Is that it?
    Well, yes, sir, I do. But, you see, people are afraid of him too … in the road, little boys always run after him and hit him. Then the police get angry because people are afraid. Sometimes they take us to prison.
    I see, I said. Well, how can he come to the hospital, then?
    Bring a cab, sir, said Silcock. You can take him to the hospital in a cab.

    Are these questions and answers suitable?
    a) Why did the shopkeeper think it woud be difficult for Merrick to get to the hospital?
    Because Merrick couldn’t walk very well. He needed help.
    b) What was the real shopkeeper's reason?
    He wanted more money. I don't see that. He did want more money, but he gave valid reasons for making walking a bad idea. You could say "What did the doctor think the shopkeeper wanted?"
    c) How did people and little kids react when they saw Merrick? Kids are people too.
    People were afraid and little kids ran after him and hit him.
    d) How do the police react?
    They got angry and sometimes they took them to prison.
    e) What was the shopkeeper's solution then?
    To take Merrick to the hospital in a cab.

    Thanks in advance.
    See above
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    "What did the doctor think the shopkeeper wanted?"
    Hi Barb_D,
    Thank you so much for your help and corrections.

    According to your suggested question, could they be fine answers?
    a) More money.
    b) He thought the shopkeeper wanted more money.

    d) How do the police react? They got angry and sometimes they took them to prison.
    Shouldn't it be, 'How did the police ...

    L.

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    Re: Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    Either a or b, depending on whether your students write in complete sentences.
    Since apparently this mob-forming situation is repeated, I used "do" (present tense) to show habitual action.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    Either a or b, depending on whether your students write in complete sentences.
    Thank you for your reply.

    Since apparently this mob-forming situation is repeated, I used "do" (present tense) to show habitual action.
    How right you are! I haven't thought about that.

    Should the answer be in past then?

    L.
    Last edited by learning54; 24-Aug-2012 at 19:18.

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    Re: Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    I would say present, present perfect or past would all work there. Present for habitual, present perfect to describe past action relevant to what he fears might happen in the present, or past to describe a recent incident. However, the answer should match the tense used to ask the question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Would you correct my questions and answers please?

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for all your replies. It's crystal clear. No further questions on this matter.

    L.

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