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I’m stuck with this part of my homework. Could you tell me if my answers are correct? Your help would be appreciated very much. Thanks in advance.

Decide which concept questions are ‘useful’ and which ones are 'not useful' in checking that students understand the meaning and use of the structures.

1. She should see a doctor.
a) Is she unwell? useful
b) Has she seen a doctor yet? useful
c) Has she seen the doctor before? not useful
d) When did she see a doctor? not useful
e) What’s the matter with her? not useful
f) Does the speaker think it is a good idea for her to see a doctor? useful

2. She was cooking the dinner when I phoned.
a) Am I talking about two actions in the past? useful
b) Had she finished cooking the dinner before the phone rang? useful
c) Did she start cooking the dinner before I phoned her? useful
d) What was she cooking? not useful
e) Did she answer the phone? not useful
f) Did she start cooking the dinner after I phoned her? not useful



3. They wished they had taken umbrellas with them.
a) Did they go then and buy some umbrellas? not useful
b) Had they taken umbrellas with them when they went outside? useful

c) Were the people unhappy that they hadn't taken umbrellas? useful
d) Is the speaker talking about a future event? not useful
e) Is the speaker talking about a past event? useful

4. If he hadn't gone to the party, he wouldn't have met her.
a) Does this refer to an event in the past? useful
b) Did he go to the party? useful
c) Did he go on his own to the party? not useful

d) Did he enjoy the party? not useful
e) Did he meet anyone at the party? useful
f) Did he meet her because he went to the party? useful

5. They needn't have taken the exam.

a) Did they take the exam? useful

b) Do we know when they took the exam? not useful

c) Is the speaker talking about a past event? useful

d) What was the subject of the exam? not useful

e) Was it necessary for them to take the exam? useful
f) Have they passed the exam? not useful

6. He used to play tennis.
a) Does he play tennis now? useful

b) Did he play tennis in the past? useful

c) Was he a good tennis player? not useful

d) Did he play tennis only one time in the past? not useful

e) Did he play tennis regularly in the past? useful
f) Does he play another sport now? not useful
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I guess only teaching candidates would understand this. I'm confused. By "structures" you refer to the emboldened expressions? In what sense are they "structures"? Grammatical structures or logical structures? Does a structure have meaning? Okay, I guess you could say this is an example of a particular grammatical structure.

You're supposed to evaluate the usefullness of the "concept questions" in checking students' understanding of meaning and use of the structures?

I really don't get it.

But I agree with all your answers except 2.f) and 3.d). Even though these concept questions describe actions in which the time factors differ from those in the structures, I should think it would be useful for the student to consider and acknowledge that fact, on his way to a better understanding of the meaning and use of the structures.

(Unless it is your belief that only positive reinforcement is good.)

Just my opinion.
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Yes, Avangi, I'm supposed to evaluate the usefullness of the "concept questions" in checking students' understanding of meaning and use of the structure. Maybe my question wan't clear enough.

Thanks for your opinion.Emotion: smile