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    Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    I guess the sentence in the title would sound "clumsy" to a native speaker. Could you please help me convey my idea to students in the following situation:

    For various reasons not all of my students do their homework on time. For homework they may have to make up a dialogue with their partner and then reproduce it in class, or I can ask them to practice reading words, sentences, or short texts with the proper intonation at home. Sometimes they are to prepare monologues in which they should include new collocations or set phrases we've studied. And as time goes, some students have "debts" they are to "pass" to me in class. It's not actually homework (of course, it was once given for homework, but now it's a "debt", or "old homework", if you know what I mean)


    So, in my language I would ask them like this:
    1) Is anyone going to "pass" their "debts" today?
    2) Who is going to "pass" their "debts"?
    3) What "debts" are you going to "pass" today, Ivan?



    How should I word it all properly?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    I'd use "pay your debt" in all your examples. If you're going to compare their old homework [which they have previously failed to hand in], then you may as well carry on with the analogy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    Thank you, emsr2d2!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you're going to compare their old homework [which they have previously failed to hand in], then you may as well carry on with the analogy.
    I didn't get what emsr2d2 meant by "carrying on with the analogy". Could someone explain?
    Most of the homework they get is to be done orally. So, will it be all right if I say;
    1) Who's going to pay their debt today?
    2) Is anyone ready to come up with their "old" monologues /dialogues/ debt?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 19-Dec-2012 at 09:39.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    I wouldn't use come up with + debt. I would come up with the money (to pay their debt).

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    Re: Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    And how can I ask them to reproduce a dialogue which they had to make up for homework?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And how can I ask them to reproduce a dialogue which they had to make up for homework?
    Sorry, but the whole idea is strange to me. I have never met anyone who has done this sort of thing; I don't think there is an appropriate terminology for what we don't do.

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    Re: Is anyone going to pass anything today?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And how can I ask them to reproduce a dialogue which they had to make up for homework?
    Act the dialogue out?

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