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Hi teachers,

This is a part of a text:

The fastests way to get home is the train, but they are obviously going to miss it. The train is going to leave any second and they are just at the ticket office buying the tickets.

Isn't it better to include 'because' and 'still'?
The fastest way to get home is the train, but they are obviously going to miss it because the train is going to leave any second and they are still at the ticket office buying the tickets.

Another question:
Immediately after the text I wrote are these two sentences:
"I'm going to find a boyfriend with a car!" Julia is thinking to herself.

Well, If I want the students to write a question in direct speech the indirect question should be:

Ask and answer about what Julia thought.
What did Julia think? She thought, "I'm going to find a boyfriend with a car!"

It is correct isn't it?

Thanks in advance
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Thinking SpainThe fastest way to get home is the train, but they are obviously going to miss it. The train is going to leave any second and they are just at the ticket office buying the tickets.
This is perfect as it is. This use of "just" implies that there are certain steps to be taken in sequence, and they are just at step #3. "Just" means "exactly," or "only."
Thinking SpainWell, If I want the students to write a question in direct speech the indirect question should be:
I'm having trouble interpreting this sentence. Could you put it another way?

I find some of the "rules" about direct/indirect speech conversions confusing.

"I'm going to find a boyfriend with a car!" Julia is thinking to herself. Why can't you keep the continuous tense?

Ask and answer about what Julia thought.
What did Julia think? She thought, "I'm going to find a boyfriend with a car!"

Ask and answer about what Julia was thinking.
What was Julia thinking? She was thinking, etc.

I'm not sure I understand what's going on here. Emotion: thinking
Avangi"I'm going to find a boyfriend with a car!" Julia is thinking to herself. Why can't you keep the continuous tense?
I can't keep the continuous tense because the conversation happened long time ago.
That's why I think the question should be asked in past. At least that what I was told to do when the we want to ask about something that was said in the past, or long time ago.
AvangiAsk and answer about what Julia was thinking.
What was Julia thinking? She was thinking, etc.
What was Julia thinking?
She was thinking, "I'm going to find a new boyfriend with a car!"
Is this what you mean?
Because to me it expresses what she was thinking at the very precise moment they were at the ticket office buying the tickets. Am I right? Emotion: embarrassed
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Thinking SpainI can't keep the continuous tense because the conversation happened long time ago.
Aha! But we have both present continuous tense and past continuous tense.

The dinosaurs were struggling to stay alive.

What were the dinosaurs doing? (Not "What did the dinosaurs do?")
Thinking SpainWhat was Julia thinking?
She was thinking, "I'm going to find a new boyfriend with a car!"
Is this what you mean?
Yes, it is.

I was concerned about your switch from past continuous to past simple.

Most of the "past tense" issues I see in connection with direct to indirect conversions refer to the backshifting of the factual information in the statement. (I'm afraid I'm not saying this very well.)

Julia said, "I like boys with nice cars!" (past tense narrative)

What did Julia say?

She said that she liked boys with nice cars. (We backshift "like" to "liked.")

Julia says, "I like boys with nice cars!" (present tense narrative)

What does Julia say?

She says that she likes boys with nice cars. (I see no sense in backshifting here.)

Julia says, "I spent all my money on jewelry!"

She says she spent all her money on jewelry.
Avangi(I'm afraid I'm not saying this very well.)
Not at all. Thanks a lot for all your dedication and explanations. I understand it very well right now. Of course, that doesn't mean that I won't have any further questions about it. Emotion: embarrassed
Thinking SpainI'm going to find a boyfriend with a car!
Just an aside:

Is Julia going to drive her car around town looking for a boyfriend?
Or is she looking for a boyfriend who has a car? Emotion: big smile

CJ
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You know is the second one, don't you?
I like your humor!!Emotion: rofl It's so necessary in life.
Thinking SpainYou know it's the second one, don't you?
Yes! Emotion: smile

CJ