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March 16, 2014

Follow-Up Questions

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:37 pm

What … ?
Where … ?
When … ?
What kind of … ?
Why … ?
How … ?
(How long … ? // How far … ? // How late … ? // How big … ? )

–> Wh-questions

We use Follow-Up Questions to:

– show that we are listening.
– show that we understood.
– show interest.
– continue the conversation.
– get more details about a topic.

When talking, first use a Rejoinder, then a Follow-Up Question.

Example 1:

A: How was the tennis match?

B: I won!

A: That’s great! Who did you play with?

Example 2:

A: We’re having problems with the car again.

B: Oh, no! What’s the matter this time?


Introductory Exercise One Answers

3. A: Oh, really? That’s late. What were you doing until midnight?

5. A: I see. Where did you go?

8. B: Really? What kind of test?

10. B: Oh, no! How long are you going to study for it?

12. B: You’re kidding! How many words are on the test?

13. A: About 30 words, and they are very hard.


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