Kenichi talked about an acquaintance's domestic situation, and the issue of how much to help elderly parents.
Too much help risks them losing independence and physical skills that they could otherwise maintain through use, hopefully prolonging their active and independent life.
It's the same situation that confronts parents when bringing up children; how much to let them experience for themselves, and how much to fill the gaps in their growing knowledge and help them maintain progress at a rate comparable to their peers?
When you were growing up, did your parents give you the right amount of guidance and support?
Or, did they help you too much?
If you have children yourself, did you get the balance right?
Words and usage: 'how to....'
Question words can often be used with 'to' to describe an unknown person, place or thing that can fulfill a need.
For example, if you need to find out information but can't find the source, you need to where to look, or who to ask. If you need information connected to a time commitment, you need to know when or where to go, and perhaps who to see.
If you need advice about a purchase, you may need to ask which to buy.
Other forms and uses can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.
More examples and explanation can be found at The British Council website.
Practice: Write and say out loud 5-10 situations you had recently where you needed more information. Make sentences to describe them, such as 'I asked the bus driver where to get off for the sports park,'
Quiz Me! Conversation card: Card F4 below is from General Level 1, pack 1.
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