"You talk as if a god had made the Machine.. Men made it, do not forget that. Great men, but men. The Machine is much, but it is not everything. I see something like you in this plate, but I do not see you. I hear something like you through this telephone, but I do not hear you. That is why I want you to come. Pay me a visit, so that we can meet face to face, and talk about the hopes that are in my mind."The machine stops - 1909 - Forster

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A puzzle

Hi!! Read the following short story...it is a puzz
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29 comments:

Ferraris Matteo said...

yes,this is possible because....(scuse me if I write in italian but I don't know how explain in english....)
Tre donne ogni due figlie(le donne sono solo tre e le figlie solo due)
3+2=5 chair who they use!
I hope who the sentence are right!!
Ferraris Matteo

Daniela Tomatis said...

Hi Matteo!
Sorry, but I don't think it's the right solution..Read the story very carefully and try again!!

PS: visto che può tornarti utile ti spiego una cosa, che vedremo nella grammatica dell'anno prossimo. Il "CHE" congiunzione in inglese viene di solito omesso, cioè non si mette e, in ogni caso, NON si traduce con WHO.
Per cui la frase "Spero che la risposta sia giusta" si traduce con " I hope the answer is right".....
Bye...and thank you for trying...
Think, think and think and you'll find out the right solution...

Ferraris Matteo said...

Thank you teacher!
mmm...
two daughters sit down on the kneeks of her mother???
.:!!!!!!!!I hope the answer is right!!!!!!!!:.
Ferraris Matteo

Daniela Tomatis said...

It's a "creative" answer, but it's not the right one yet....
I'll help you ..Read the sentence " Three ladies each have two daughters.." .What does that mean?
I hope you'll find the solution!!!

Ferraris Matteo said...

So in italian:"due figlie hanno ciascuna tre gentil donne"("ladies" cercato su dizionario).

So: 2 daughter for 3 ladies =6...
I hope in the plus!
Ferraris Matteo

Daniela Tomatis said...

"Ladies" means "signore"...and so the right translation of the sentence is : " tre signore hanno due figlie ciascuna..." and so the solution is.............

Ele 3°B said...

I understood the solution......... it was a bit difficult....... Can I say it?

Ferraris Matteo said...

mmm...
I thought,yesterday,at two answer:
1-someone of they are doing a diet...
2-if the daughter are ladies in this case,they are one of the three ladies.
So three ladies -
one daughter(one lady in this case)=two
And this is also for the other daughter(lady in this case)
So: two ladies + one daughter(a lady)=three +
// // + // // // // =three =
six chair who they use...
Hello teacher! I hope in the "plus".
Ferraris Matteo

Daniela Tomatis said...

Matteo, go on thinking about the ladies !!!:)))))

Ele, of course you can write the solution...if it is correct, I'll let you know, but maybe I won't post it, so other students can try and guess..:)

Ele 3°B said...

But I'm not sure... I'll try...
3 x 2 = 6 daughters
3 ladies
so there are 9 women...
So they won't be able to sit down everyone in a chair without adding extra chairs...
I don't think it is the right answer...
Bye

Ferraris Matteo said...

Teacher maybe i know the answer:
a lady is the mother of two ladies and they have two daughter!!
So:1+2+2+2=seven chair who they use!!
I can also make the picture:
|||||||||||||||||||1
|||||||||||||||||||/\
|||||||||||||||||2|||3
|||||||||||||||||/\||/\
||||||||||||||||4|5|6|7
Excuse the rod,but if I put it for the picture,because it doesn't central!!
.:!!I hope the answer is right!!:.
Ferraris Matteo

Daniela Tomatis said...

Hi Eleonora....I don't think it's the right answer...:) Thank you for trying !!

MATTEO, yes!!! You did it!! I'm not posting the solution yet, but you're right.Well done!!!

Ferraris Matteo said...

This mean who I've the "plus"!!!
Thank you teacher!!!!
Ferraris Matteo

Daniela Tomatis said...

Yes, Matteo, this means you will have the "plus". Just REMEMBER:
il "CHE" congiunzione NON si traduce con WHO, ma, generalmente, si omette, per cui la tua frase sarebbe:
"This meanS I have the "plus" !!!!"
Bye, keep on reading the posts...

Ferraris Matteo said...

Yes.
Hi teacher and thank you for the plus!
Ferraris Matteo.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion one of theese ladies is the others' mother. Then there are one grandmother, two doughters and four granddoughters: seven person need seven chairs!
Giuliana Gallo

ebe gazzera said...

Sunday the18th July 2010

Hi,teacher Daniela!
How are you feeling today?
Usually, I hate maths and, more, I’m come back (or “I returned”?) yesterday from holidays and my mind is relaxed again, but I think this “problem” easy, also for me!
Well, there are nine people, because ladies (or “ the ladies” with article… I’m not sure…) each have got two daughters; but in the question you don’t say if their have dinner with mothers: may be that (può essere che) are there only three women in the restaurant?…
Three women can sit down easily on seven chairs!
(can I have “plus”?!….)
Take care! Ebe

Daniela Tomatis said...

Hi Ebe!!! Happy you relaxed on holiday!! Thank you for trying, your answer really comes from a clear mind, but I don't think it is the right solution....By the way, where did you go on holiday? :)
Keep on visiting the blog for more English tasks...

Daniela Tomatis said...

Hi Giuliana!! Yes, you did it!! Gr8!! I'm not publishing your answer because I want other people to try a guess...:)))))

ebe said...

Hi! I'm very sad because my answer isn't correct...
I'm only joking,nayurally, but I'm curious to know the solution.Can you help me? Is it a very mathematical game or a fanny puzzle? in the first cae,I ask for help to my husband: he is a very mathematical mind in my house!....
By the way, I was in Creta island.
It is a very beautiful country.I visited Santorini island and the archeological site in Knossos.
Then, only see, sun and relax.
It isn't our typical holiday, but occasionally is good...!

ebe said...

Hi! So,I decided tray again; ladie A has got two daughters, B and C.
B has got two girls, D and E; also C has got two daughters, F and G.
In total, there are near the table, seven people, just like the chairs! (Claudio teaches...)
During the course, you say often "Work in pairs" and I obeyed...I deserve half "plus" maybe..? kiss kiss

Giovanni said...

I think are grandmother, mother and nephew at the restaurant!!Each with two daughters. In total seven people then.

Daniela Tomatis said...

Hi Ebe!! So you worked "in pairs" ..and you've worked the puzzle out!! Great!!

Ferraris Matteo said...

hi teacher!
You don't put more summer homework?
Becase I am going to finish the summer book today! I have only to write on the lexical notebook!
Hello!
Ferraris Matteo

alessia bessone said...

hi!daniela
i think is possible because they r in 6 and the chairs are seven...and so they don't have need to an extra chairs...i understand good??:)
bye
alessia bessone 2D

Daniela Tomatis said...

Hi Alessia!
Thank you for trying...but it's not the right answer :)..Read it very carefully and try again...

Anonymous said...

Hi Teacher! :)
I think it isn't possible, because there are Nine people for seven chairs: so, or the children sit down on their mother's knees, or they sit down on the floor.....
I tried to reason as much as possible, but I have not found a solution!
Kisses...Valentina Amato!

Daniela Tomatis said...

Valentina :) !
There IS a solution! Try again and you'll work it out!

Anonymous said...

Hi teacher ... How are you?
La risposta secondo me e che nelle sette persone totali una e la nonna con le due figlie che sarebbero le madri dei 4 figli ( 2 a ciascuno) cioè nipoti della nonna... no? ... spero di si ... hello...