Concept Check Questions

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  • Johny
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    12 August, 2015 at 6:57
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    Hey! I’m having a lesson on Thursday and I need to know if these CCQ’s are good.
    If I had won the lottery, I’d travel around the world:
    Have I won the lottery?
    Is it possible in my imagination?
    Is it probable that I win the lottery?

    Keith
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    12 August, 2015 at 8:07
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    [quote]Have I won the lottery?[/quote]
    I would change this to “Did I win the lottery?”

    [quote]Is it possible in my imagination?[/quote]
    I think this is a bit too abstract for a concept question – they need to be as simple as possible.

    [quote]Is it probable that I win the lottery?[/quote]
    I don’t think this conveys the meaning of the sentence. This question would be better for a first or second conditional sentence.

    So, we need to think about the meaning of the two parts of the sentence:

    [i]Did I win the lottery? (No)
    Am I going to travel around the world?[/i] (No)

    If we look at another example of the same structure:

    “If I had done my homework, my teacher would be happy”.

    …then the questions would be something like:

    [i]Did I do my homework?
    Is my teacher happy?[/i]

    For your particular example, we could perhaps add another one that conveys the meaning of [u]that particular example[/u]:

    [i]Do I want to travel around the world?[/i] (Yes)

    …but this isn’t strictly necessary for the meaning of the structure itself.

    Hope that helps.

    Keith

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