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Hi teachers,
Additonal infomation: Merrick can't walk very well. He needs help, but the doctor didnt realise it at first.
For a minute he stood by the door of the cab and said nothing. Then he hit the cab with his stick.
Merrick:STEPS! he said loudly. Help me up the steps!
Doctor: Then I understood. There were three steps up into the cab, and he could not get up them.

According to the context, could it be an appropriate question an answer?
Why Did Merrick hit the cab?
Because of the steps.

Thanks in advance.
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Why did Merrick hit the cab?
He needed help getting up the steps.
Hi Aspara Gus,
Thank you for your 'help'. Emotion: wink

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Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
You might also get "To let the doctor know he needed help." That would be just as good an answer.
Grammar GeekYou might also get "To let the doctor know he needed help." That would be just as good an answer.
Hi Grammar Geek,
Thank you very much for your suggestion.Emotion: smile

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Also "He was exasperated." or "He was punctuating his petulant demand." or "He was in pain and wanted to hurt something, so he took it out on the cab." We don't know exactly why he hit the cab. He obviously could speak, so it wasn't to let the doctor know anything. Steps are not a reason. The author had him hit the cab to develop his character, and we are supposed to come away wondering why he would do such a thing. Merrick is quite peculiar in more ways than one.

A better question would be "Why didn't Merrick get right into the cab?"
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enoonA better question would be "Why didn't Merrick get right into the cab?"
Hi ennon,
Thank YOU for this one and for the reasoning too.
Of course the answers remain the same:
a) He needed help getting up the steps.
b) To let the doctor know he needed help.

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