Hi teachers,

Are these correct directions according to the exercise?

Circle the letter of the correct definition to the underlined word.

1.- A large number of Americans, almost 40 percent, live in the same place all their lives. They never live anywhere else. However, some other Americans are ready for a change.

a. It emphasizes the fact that the second point is a synonym of the first.

b. It emphasizes the fact that the second point contrasts with the first.

c. It emphasizes the fact that the second point has similar qualities with the first.

Thanks in advance
I'm afraid you have a bit of a mess again here; there are a lot of mistakes.

I am going to bold the mistakes and confusing parts and ask you to corrrect them and repost.
Thinking SpainAre these correct directions according to the exercise? Circle the letter of the correct definition to I think you mean 'function of'. the underlined word.

1.- A large number of Americans, almost 40 percent, live in the same place all their lives. They never live anywhere else. That is a useless sentence; it adds nothing to the meaning. But should you want to keep it for 'emphasis' join it with the first sentence by using a semicolon.

However, some other Americans are ready for a change. Maybe most people are ready for a change, so what? It's better to say something like '....ready for a change and are (hoping)(planning) to move.'

a. It emphasizes the fact that the second point Omit or add the useless sentence to the first sentence and say say 'second sentence'. is a synonym of the first. A point or a sentence cannot be a synonym. You can say something like 'It emphasizes the first sentence.'

b. It emphasizes the fact that the second sentence contrasts with the first.

c. It emphasizes the fact that the second sentence has similar qualities I don't know what you mean. with the first.

c45
Hi canadian45,

Thank you for your reply, but this paragraph is not mine. It is from this book, 'Themes for Today 1' Third Edition.

A large number of Americans-almost 40 percent-live in the same place all their lives. They never live anywhere else. However, some other Americans are ready for a change.

What is mine are the directions and the exercise based on the paragraph, which I can see is absolutely wrong.

The directions should be:

Circle the letter of the correct function of the underlined word.

a. Here I'm supposed to write something false.

b. It emphasizes the fact that the second sentence contrasts with the previous one.

c. Here I'm supposed to write something false.

Will you please tell me what I should write for options 'a' and 'b'?

Thanks

TS
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Thinking SpainHi canadian45,
Thank you for your reply, but this paragraph is not mine. It is from this book, 'Themes for Today 1' Third Edition.
A large number of Americans-almost 40 percent-live in the same place all their lives. They never live anywhere else. However, some other Americans are ready for a change.
I see, but that doesn't change my thoughts about it.

What is mine are the directions and the exercise based on the paragraph, which I can see is absolutely wrong.
The directions should be:
Circle the letter that indicates the correct function of the underlined word.
a. (Here I'm supposed to write something false.) It adds emphasis to the previous sentence.

b. It indicates that the second sentence contrasts with the previous one.
c. (Here I'm supposed to write something false.) It raises some doubt about the truthfulness of the first sentence.

Will you please tell me what I should write for options 'a' and 'b'. That's not a question; it's a request.
I wrote those suggestions, but you really should decide what to write there. You know your students and you know what you have been trying to teach them.
Thanks
TS

c45

Hi Canadian45,

Thank you so much for your detailed explanation and help.

Finally the options, if I'm not mistaken with the given definitions, are as follow:

a. It adds additional information to the previous sentence. (Eg. 'in addition')

b. It indicates that the second sentence contrasts with the previous one.

c. It is used to connect clauses that contain ideas of cause and effect. (Eg. 'so')

Will you please tell me what I should write for options 'a' and 'b'? That's not a question; it's a request.
Is it a rude one as a request?

Best,

TS
Thinking SpainFinally the options, if I'm not mistaken with the given definitions, are as follow:

a. It adds additional information to the previous sentence. (Eg. 'in addition')This is not a very good choice because it does add some information, although that's not the main function of "however" there. You can maybe change the instructions to 'main function', rather than 'correct function'.

You need something that is clearly not the best choice but is also not so far off that it is easily eliminated. (maybe try something like I suggested in my last post)

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b. It indicates that the second sentence contrasts with the previous one.

c. It is used to connect clauses that contain ideas of cause and effect. Maybe that's too obviously wrong, because it's not always connecting clauses and it isn't in that sentence.

Again I gave you a sugestion in my last post, and maybe I am confusing you more than helping, so I'll stop my suggestions here. You are the teacher, so you should make the final choice, one that you have to live with and defend when the students ask you why only b. is correct.

That's not a question; it's a request. Is it a rude one as a request? No. you did say "please".

Best,TS

c45

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Hi canadian54,

Thank you so much for all your detailed replies and help.

The suggestions you have given me in your last post even though they are fine to me, they are not to my students. In this sentence, 'It raises some doubt about the truthfulness of the first sentence'. The words 'raises' and 'truthfulness' are unknow to them. On the other hand, I myself don't know which word you are driving at with the definition given. Neither do I with this one, 'It adds emphasis to the previous sentence'.

If you could tell me, I'll appreciate it very much.

Best,

TS
Then just use the suggested choices that came with that question , or write some that your students can understand.
Hi Canadian45,

Thank you for your reply.

Best,

TS
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