Posted by Shae on December 28, 2003
In Reply to: A reading comprehension posted by sphinx on December 27, 2003
: : : Hi folks,
: : : Please read this small passage and help me with these:
: : : 1.When Abe told Mr.Crawford what had happended to the book, he talked _B__
: : : A.mockingly
: : : B.humorously
: : : C.unconcernedly
: : : (Why choose B as answer here?)
: : : 2.Do you know what is a weather side?
: : : 3.Could you explain this sentence "How came you to forget..."
: : : It seems ungrammatical! We can only use "how come that...?" to express our surprise, and the tense of "come" is never changed!
: : : Thanks!!!!!
: : 1. I don't think any of these choices fit. Just from the text, it doesn't sound like he was mocking or joking. Abe was being straightforward but he was concerned. Abe had a reputation for joking, maybe that's why the choice was B.
: : 2. The part of the daubing or whatever he called it, that faced the outside of the cabin and was exposed to weather.
: : 3. Maybe that is an old way of speaking.
: 2.Forgive me, but what is a mud-daubing?
: 3.Could you please put "How came you to forget..." in plain English?
2. Houses built from roughly-hewn timber or from wattles (interwoven branches) were made weather-proof by plastering (daubing) mud in the spaces between the timbers.
3. "How came you to forget . . ." means "What happened to make you forget?"