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Hi teachers,
Context; ‘So who did murder the President, then?’ Felix asked. Idon’t know, Marta said. You’re the policeman. You go and find the murderer. But I can tell you one thing. You can begin with the new President. He’s got a murderer’s face.

According to the above context, the following sentences are correct.
Who(m) did Marta tell Felix to begin with?
She told him that he should begin with the new President.
Would this one be correct too?
She told him to begin with the new President.

Thanks in advance.

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Thinking SpainWho(m) did Marta tell Felix to begin with? She told him that he should begin with the new President. Would this one be correct too? She told him to begin with the new President.
Both are correct.
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Just an aside: Do you ever ask questions that are less literal transcriptions of the text your students read?

For example, why not this?

Where did Marta believe Felix should start his search for the murderer? Emotion: smile

CJ
CalifJimDo you ever ask questions that are less literal transcriptions of the text your students read?
Hi JIm,
Thank you for your reply. That is an excellent one. Unfortunately since English it's not my language, It is difficult for me to come up with those ones.
I know I'm not checking their listening comprehension with them. I'm only checking their ability to recognize spoken words and produce them in writing. But yes sometimes I do it. Of course, with the help of you teachers.

Eg.
At four o’clock I took him back to the shop in a cab. The next day I looked in the shop window again, but the picture was not there.
What was missing from the shop?
The picture.
CalifJim Would this one be correct too? She told him to begin with the new President. Yes.
But this one is an instruction or an order, isn't it? The woman uses the verb 'can' in her statement. That's why I doubted.

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Thinking SpainUnfortunately since English it's is not my language, ... Eg.At four o’clock I took him back to the shop in a cab. The next day I looked in the shop window again, but the picture was not there.What was missing from the shop?The picture.
OK. Got it. Good example, though. Emotion: smile
Thinking SpainBut this one is an instruction or an order, isn't it? The woman uses the verb 'can' in her statement. That's why I doubted.
The woman softens her "order" with "can", but it is still something like an order, so you can still present it that way (She told him to ...) in that answer.

CJ
CalifJimOK. Got it. Good example, though.
Hi Jim,
Thank you for your correction, understanding, and recognition. Though most of the times you teachers are the ones that do help me to find those ones.
CalifJim The woman softens her "order" with "can", but it is still something like an order, so you can still present it that way (She told him to ...) in that answer.CJ
Thank you. I didn't think about that.
I will also write yours in the same exercise.
Where did Marta believe Felix should start his search for the murderer?
With the new President.
He should start it with the new President.

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Where did Marta believe Felix should start his search for the murderer?
With the new President.
He should start (it) with the new President.

Good. Just note that the "it" is not necessary in the answer.

CJ
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CalifJimJust note that the "it" is not necessary in the answer.
Hi Jim,
Than you for your correction. But it's not wrong if I use 'it' in the answer, is it?
In Spanish:
Debe empezar con el nuevo Presidente.
Debe empezar su búsqueda con el nuevo Presidente.
Debe empezarla con el nuevo Presidente.

Once you have answered this one you could if you wish erase it. As you told me in another thread, it doesn't belong to the post.Emotion: shake

TS
Tiene razón. Emotion: wink You're correct.

No, it's not wrong with the "it" but most natives would probably leave it out.
Shawn79No, it's not wrong with the "it" but most natives would probably leave it out.
Hi Shawn,
Thank you very much for your reply.
I should continue with my listening comprehension questions. They really drive me crazy. Nevertheless, the show must go on.Emotion: nodding
As I told Jim is so hard for me.
Thank God I have the Forum. It would habe been impossible without the help of you teachers.

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