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    Catherine gave me XXX

    Hello

    I am studying grammar in use.

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    45 Question: It was my birthday last week and I had some presents. XXX gave me a book and Catherine gave me XXX
    Answer: what did catherine give you

    But,

    "what did you take to catherine" <- Is it alright, too?

    I don't know
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    #2

    Re: Catherine gave me XXX

    In this context, it is not correct. Catherine gave you something. The sentences say nothing about anything taken to Catherine.

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    Re: Catherine gave me XXX

    First, that is not a question and answer. What you have labelled "Answer" is actually the question that could have produced part of the answer which you have labelled "Question".

    Question: "What did Catherine give you?"
    Answer: "Catherine gave me XXX."
    The question "What did you take to Catherine?" doesn't make sense. Why should you take anything to Catherine?

    Also, if you use XXX to mean something, it has to keep on meaning that. You should use something else, eg. YYY if you need another place-marker. For example, if your first XXX means Mary, the second one does too.

    PS: It's too late to add a question. You should make a new thread for a separate question.

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    Re: Catherine gave me XXX

    I think "Question and Answer" have been used in a confusing way. I imagine the exercise goes something like this:

    Q. If the answer is "... XXX gave me a book and Catherine gave me a bottle of champagne", what is the question?
    A. The question is "What did XXX and Catherine give you for your birthday?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Catherine gave me XXX

    Yes, I considered that possibility. There's always a choice to be made when a question is unclear. Yesterday, I found myself opting for the particular strategy that I did, and I hope that chingchangchong has learnt something, and will write again for clarification is s/he doesn't understand. Your post will no doubt help.

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    Re: Catherine gave me XXX

    I hope so too. I was thrown by the original format.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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