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    Essay Advice - The reading 'thinks' The listening 'says'

    I am working with students to help them get ready for their TOEFL and SSAT writing. I am a biology teacher, not specialized in this ESL stuff.

    The students must write an essay about a listening and reading they are given. But the most common thing I see, that i just don't think seem right is when they write

    "the reading thinks..."
    "The listening says..."
    "The reading disagrees with the listening..."

    Somehow this seems wrong. A reading can't think correct? A reading doesn't say.

    I should be having them change it to write
    "the author of the reading believes that...
    "the speaker in the listening said...

    Am I correct or is it ok to have a reading 'think' etc?

    I don't want to give bad advice, it just sounds odd. But I haven't taken a writing class since HS.

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    Re: Essay Advice - The reading 'thinks' The listening 'says'

    Hi there,

    Although this post was just a tad confusing, I think I know what you are trying to ask for.

    It seems that your students are writing 'reading and listening' instead of 'reader and listener.'

    So; "The reader believes that...." and "The listener said...." etc.

    I hope this is the advice you were looking for!

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    Re: Essay Advice - The reading 'thinks' The listening 'says'

    This was my problem, too. Now it is clear.
    Thank you for all.

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