flesl.net paired stories: dictogloss (Martina Hingis & Dubravko Rajcic)

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• Dictagloss Activity for ‘Martina Hingis & Dubravko Rajcic ’

text 1

1: Dubravko heard that Martina was playing tennis in Germany.

2: He found out what hotel she was staying in and phoned her there.

3: When he called the first time, Martina refused to speak to him, but he phoned again and again, and finally she spoke to him.

4: She told him to stop calling her and to get out of her life.

text 2

1: Dubravko travelled to France where Martina was playing in another tournament.

2: He phoned her many times at her hotel there and told her how much he loved her.

3: He also faxed her romantic notes.

4: When the tournament was over, he followed her to her home in Switzerland.

5: He went to her house and rang the doorbell, holding a bouquet of flowers in his arms.

possible teaching points

1-1: ‘heard / was playing’ and ‘found out / was staying’ [typical combinations of simple past and past continuous; hearing and finding out take place instantly (punctually) during periods of playing and staying]

1-2: ‘find out’ [correctly followed by ‘wh-’ interrogative clause (a type of nominal clause); could not be followed by a noun phrase such as ‘her hotel’]

1-3: ‘When he called the first time, Martina...’ [the clauses are separated by a comma because the subordinate clause precedes the main clause]

1-4: ‘to stop calling her’ [‘stop’ is complemented by aan ‘ing-’ form (but not when it means ‘pause in order to’)]

2-1:‘travelled / was playing’ again the past continuous is used for the enclosing event and the simple past for the enclosed event

2-2: ‘her hotel there’ [‘there’ is a ‘pro-form adverbial’; in other words, it takes the place of the adverbial ‘in France’]

2-3: ‘faxed her romantic notes’ [‘fax’ is both a noun and a verb; a ‘romantic note’ is a note that expresses love’]

2-4: ‘holding a bouquet of flowers in his arms’ [a non-finite clause for which it is difficult to find a substitute finite subordinate clause without making other changes (e.g. ‘When he arrived at her house, he was holding a bouquet of flowers in his arms.’)]

references: pro-form adverbials, “A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language,” 2.44, pp 75-6;
‘wh-’ interrogative clauses, 15.5, p 1050;