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    #1

    follow the bouncing ball

    What is the following in red saying?

    If you didn't use that sequence, you may never find out what else the little girl had for lunch because undisciplined questioning follows the bouncing ball.

    Is it saying undisciplined questioning is like asking questions randomly or aimlessly?

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    #2

    Re: follow the bouncing ball

    That's rather ambiguous. My first thought when I read "the bouncing ball" was of the little bouncing ball which goes from one word to the next on karaoke lyric screens or on cartoons or educational videos for children. That ball is anything but "undisciplined". It is very disciplined. It bounces carefully above the word which is being spoken.

    An actual physical bouncing ball is a little less disciplined, I suppose, although I'm sure a physicist would tell you that how hight and fast it bounces is probably entirely predictable. From the rest of that sentence, though, I assume they are talking about a randomly bouncing ball.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: follow the bouncing ball

    "the bouncing ball" -is very disciplined; "a bouncing ball" -random, unpredictable. (...from an 'American' speaker)

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    #4

    Re: follow the bouncing ball

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    "the bouncing ball" -is very disciplined; "a bouncing ball" -random, unpredictable. (...from an 'American' speaker)
    I can only hope that American speaker had more context than we do. Without context, this American speaker cannot agree with that statement.
    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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    #5

    Re: follow the bouncing ball

    I assume that if the sequence of questions isn't followed, then the person will be asking questions in response to the unstructured answers the child gives, which may not get to the information desired.

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    #6

    Re: follow the bouncing ball

    I'd rather like to know what preceded the quote in post #1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: follow the bouncing ball

    I wonder why someone didn't just ask her what she had for lunch.

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