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Unit 48. 'Like Father Like Son' As They Say.

Quoting Speech

Unit 48; Part A

idea.jpgImportant for listening!
Listen to two people having a conversation about a neighbour's son. Notice how they pronounce the quote marks (' ').
    A: I said to Terry, I said, 'Can you open the door for me?'
        and he says, 'Open it yourself''
        Can you believe it!
    B: I know. That boy's so rude! I said to his father,
        I said, 'You should do something about that boy',
        and do you know what he said to me? He said, 'It's none of your business!
    A: Oh, he's just as bad as Terry. 'Like father like son' as they say!

Unit 48; Part B

idea.jpgImportant for listening!
The speakers show the quotes by putting a short pause before andafter. Also, their voice is higher on the quotes. Listen to recordingagain.

Unit 48; Part C

idea.jpgImportant for listening!
Listen and compare these lines. Notice how you can hear the quote mark (' ') 

           Do you know what he said to me?
           'Do you know what? he said tо me.
           I said to his father, 'I said you should do something.'
           I said to his father, I said, 'You should do something.'

Unit 48; Part D

idea.jpgImportant for listening!
Listen to this story. Notice that we may pronounce quote marks for written words of thoughts, not just speech.



Listen. Which do you hear first and which second? Write 1 or 2 after each sentence.
Key.1 a 1
   b 2
2 a 2
   b 1
3 a 2
   b 1
4 a 1
   b 2
5 a 2
   b 1
6 a 1
   b 2
7 a 2
   b 1
8 a 1
   b 2

      a   'You're an idiot, that's what' she said.  2 .
      b   'You're an idiot', that's what she said.  1 .

1    a   What she said was good.  
      b   What she said was 'Good!'
2    a   He said, 'Linda was married.'
      b   He said Linda was married.
3    a   That's the thing she said.  
      b   'That's the thing,' she said. 
4    a   He wrote a letter to the president.  
      b   He wrote 'A letter to the president'.
5    a   I don't know what I thought.  
      b   'I don't know what,' I thought.
6    a   She says, 'What she thinks is right.'
      b   She says what she thinks is right.
7    a   'Who?' wrote Julius Caesar.
      b   Who wrote Julius Caesar?  
8    a   Who said 'Martin'?  
      b   'Who?' said Martin.

Follow up: Record yourself saying one of the sentences, a or b, for each number. Make a note of which one you chose. Then listen to your recording again in about two weeks and try to do this exercise with it.

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