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Hi teachers,
Could you correct the indirect questions that I made out of the following text?

Hiroshi raised his glass. Happy birthday, Ikuko, he said. How does it feel to be twenty-three?
She smiled. I can’t believe it. I still feel sixteen.
As they came to the end of their meal, they fell silent and looked at one another. There was a candle burning on the table and Ikuko could see its light in Hiroshi’s eyes. After a moment Hiroshi put his hand in the pocket of his jacket, and brought out a little box.
Ikuko, he said, and then stopped. Ikuko, you know how I feel about you. I’ve never met anyone else like you. I’d like you to have this. I’d like us to stay together always.
He handed the box across the table to Ikuko. She opened it, her hands shaking. Inside there was a ring. It was a simple ring, perfectly chosen for her by someone who loved her. But part of her was thinking, This isn’t happening to me. It was as if she was watching someone in a movie.

1. Write down what Hiroshi said when he raised his glass.
2. Write down what she said after she smiled.
3. Write down what happened as they came to the end of their meal.
4. Write down what there was burning on the table and what could Ikuko see.
5. Write doen what Hiroshi did after a moment.
6. Write doen what Hiroshi said after he said ‘Ikuko’ for the first time.
7. Write down what Hiroshi did with the box.
8. She opened it, her hands shaking.
(with this one I just don't know what to ask. Maybe out of it won't come out a natural one.)
9. Write down what was inside the box.
10. Write down what kind of ring it was.
(In the understanding that the answer to this one is 'It was a simple ring, perfectly chosen for her by someone who loved her.)
11. Write down what she was thinking.
(I'm not sure about this one)

Thanks in advance
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Hi,

First of all, do you really need to keep repeating 'write down'? It seems very odd to me.

Clive
CliveFirst of all, do you really need to keep repeating 'write down'? It seems very odd to me.
Hi Clive,
Well, I can just say 'write' instead of 'write down'.The exercise goes like this:
1. Write what Hiroshi said when he raised his glass.
___________________________________________
___________________________________________

And so on.

TS
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Hi,

The word 'write' still seems unnecessary to me. Surely your students are smart enough to understand what to do when you present them with a question followed by blank lines. Students are not stupid!

Clive
Hi,
Who said students are stupid? 'Write', 'write down' or nothing at all, is just a matter of style, at least that's what I've been told. On the other hand, I've seen a few book that say it like that. Is it that bad to say it for a listening comprehension exercise?

TS
Hi,

I didn't mean to offend you. Its just that I often think you give instructions in too much detail (in my opinion).

If you want to say it, say 'write', not 'write down'.
Don't say it with every one of your 12 questions. As I said, students are not stupid.
Just say it once, at the start of the exercise.

If it is an exercise done in a classroom, the teacher normally would explain the directions (eg Please write the answer to each question.)

If the student is studying the exercise in a book by himself, I would expect him to realize he should write the answers in the space provided, and not eg speak them aloud in an empty room.Emotion: stick out tongue Although that would not necessarily be a bad thing.

Clive
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CliveI didn't mean to offend you. Its just that I often think you give instructions in too much detail (in my opinion).
That's true, sometimes I do. But believe me if I say that sometimes for some of my students the instructions are not enough clear!Emotion: shake

If you want to say it, say 'write', not 'write down'. Don't say it with every one of your 12 questions. As I said, students are not stupid. Just say it once, at the start of the exercise.
Then I should change the directions at the top of the page, 'Listen carefully then follow the instructions'. Could you suggest better ones please?
Thanks in advance
TS
Hi,

You want to include the word 'write', don't you?

Is this a book a student will read at home, or will it be used in a classroom with a teacher present?

Clive
Hi,
Thank you. Well, yes I prefer to include the word 'write'. In fact, they'll do it both ways, at home and in class with a teacher.
By the way, are my questions properly written?

TS
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