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-Got what it takes?-
Lesson 83 – Got what it takes?
John has been having problems with one of his medical interns at the hospital. The young physician wishes to complete a specialty track medical residency that will last four years but in his first month it was obvious that the intern was in way over his head and the second month proved to be no better. Now in the third month, it has become clear to John that the intern was not meant to be a doctor. Approaching him about his performance and a reconsideration if his career is not a task John is relishing, so he decides to talk to Sophie about it to see if she can offer some advice.
JOHN: I just don’t know what to do about him. I’m not being too harsh, am I?
SOPHIE: I really don’t know John… Do you feel as if he can improve?
JOHN: Unfortunately I’m going to have to say no. It’s three months on now and he’s still making the same mistakes as he did when he started. At this stage you’d think inserting a drip would be a piece of cake but he manages to make a mess of it every time.
SOPHIE: Oh dear… That is a concern! You don’t think he’s having problems outside of work, do you?
JOHN: I have no idea but that shouldn’t factor into it, should it? I mean, he knows he has a job to do and if he thinks he isn’t up for it, he should tell someone. He should tell me! But every day it’s the same, blissful ignorance of procedures, an inability to get something right no matter how many times he’s (been) shown. Every time I speak to him about it, he says “Yes Doctor, it won’t happen again.” or “I’ll try harder.” But it does happen again and he isn’t trying hard enough.
SOPHIE: Well it’s really up to you John but if you feel that he’s beyond hope then of course you’ll have to let him go, won’t you?
JOHN: I know. I’ve always known. I just don’t want to be the one to tell him. It’s an awful thing to do to anyone. All that training and studying, only to be told you’re not cut out for it. Maybe I could clean out his locker, leave his stuff at reception and hide.
SOPHIE: It’s not the first time you’ve had to do this and it certainly won’t be the last. Tell him your concerns, maybe suggest that he gets a job at the free clinic, that way he won’t be unemployed. He’ll get a wage and some further experience without putting people’s lives at risk. Otherwise, what are you going to do? Wait until he kills someone and then fire him?
JOHN: The free clinic is a good idea, I’m sure I heard about a new day care centre that is opening. I could give them a call, that way it’d save him a job hunt and I won’t feel so awkward. Hopefully, he’ll find a new calling and put the idea of becoming a medical doctor behind him.
SOPHIE: Maybe, whatever happens it’s not your responsibility, is it? Your responsibility is to the patients. If he does really hurt someone or there are too many complaints about him, it’ll come down to you, won’t it? You can’t spend all of your time covering for him, there are many people that need you.
JOHN: Okay. Thanks Sophie! I feel a bit better about this now. I’ll speak to him tomorrow. Let me get the number for the clinic and I’ll give them a ring now. I will say this for him, he never messed up doing stitches and handing out medication. I’d be very surprised if he messed this up…
SOPHIE: I don’t envy you having to do this John but it’s the right thing to do!
JOHN: I know. Thanks again!
SOPHIE: You’re welcome!
John managed to find a job for the intern at a daycare centre, helping people with cuts and scrapes and distributing medication. The next day he told the intern that he was dismissed, much to the dismay of the intern but the blow was softened by the prospect of further employment. He admitted that he was out of his depth in the hospital and certainly needed more practice and time to evaluate his career choice. In the end, they both left with a smile and a handshake. John breathed a sigh of relief and got back to tending to his patients.
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In spoken English, it is very common to use “Question Tags”. A question tag is a short affirmative or negative question announced by the same speaker at the end of his sentence of the opposite sign (+ or -). In other words:
An affirmative sentence is followed by a negative question tag.
A negative sentence is followed by a positive question tag.
Sentences using a common verb require a question tag using the auxiliary “do”, of the opposite sign.
They speak English, don’t they?
You don’t like cheese, do you?
He said so, didn’t he?
He doesn’t smoke, does he?
Sentences using an auxiliary (to be, to have) or a modal verb, shall form their question tag using the same auxiliary or modal verb, of the opposite sign.
They have spoken about it, haven’t they?
He wouldn’t have done such a thing deliberately, would he?
He isn’t aware of this, is he?
We will arrive late again, won’t we?
He has no idea, has he?
Sentences with an imperative form, shall form their question tag with the modal verb “will”. Depending on the purpose the question tag serves, the sign may be opposite or equal to the one of the main sentence:
Look at the road when you drive, will you?/Look at the road when you drive, won’t you?
Don’t forget to ring your mother, will you?/Don’t forget to ring your mother, won’t you?
Let us in, will you?/Let us in, won’t you?
Stop smoking, will you?/Stop smoking, won’t you?
Speak louder, will you?/Speak louder, won’t you?
Imperative forms may also use “Shall we?” as a question tag.
Let’s go, shall we?
Please note that everybody, everyone, nobody, no one are singular, yet, they form their question tags with the pronoun “they”!
Nobody knows yet, do they?
Someone has to say something, haven’t they?
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