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deductions / guesses

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grammar: modals of deduction

Worksheets for deductions / guesses
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Making deductions - the diamond robbery (609)
This is similar to the game 'Elementary, my dear Watson' in Jill Hadfield's Advanced Communication games. Students read the first card outlining the case and then comment on each subsequent clue, makding deductions where possible.


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Making deductions - letter (170)
Letter. Students read and make guesses about sender and recipient.



Reading passages for deductions / guessesPage top ↑
MysteryNet (373)
Website offering online mysteries to solve and short mystery stories



Pictures for deductions / guessesPage top ↑
Picture slide show - guesses and deductions (84)
Set of 9 pictures. Deductions can be made about place, time and in some cases, what has happened.


Making guesses - people photos (174)
Ten photos - students have to guess which one is: member of a royal family; rock musician; comedian; murderer; drug dealer; advertising executive; spy; explorer; children's author; sports person


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General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 11 Journey  Page 94 
Guessing travel photo locations; language analysis

Photocopiable resource books

Advanced Communication Games book cover Advanced Communication Games 
Jill Hadfield   
22 Elementary, my dear Watson  Page 22 
Students read clue cards and make deductions to solve a murder

Intermediate Communication Games book cover Intermediate Communication Games 
Jill Hadfield   
30 - Suggestive shapes  Page 30 
Picture ordering game. Deductions; Looks like. Students descibe and makes guesses about abstract shapes.

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 
Susan Kay   
19b & c Unsolved mysteries  Page 19 
(19b) Students read out short texts about five unsolved mysteries and speculate about possible explanations. (19c) Read and match explanations with mysteries.

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