Instructions

Read a sentence fragment and label what you think people might do before and after this event.

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Thanks for participating in this HIT! You will read a sentence fragment depicting an event. The names of specific people have been replaced by generic words (e.g. "PersonY", "PersonZ"). The fragment may also contain "___", a placeholder that can be an object, a person, and/or an action. The fragment may also be a figurative expression (e.g. "PersonX cuts corners").

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Please note:

We have automatically prefiltered these events to try to choose ones that are understandable. Therefore, our expectation is that you will be able to fill in some responses for most of these events. If you are struggling to come up with answers for several HITs in a row, you may want to contact us to clarify the instructions.

 

For each event, think about:

  • What someone might typically need to do before this event
  • What someone might typically want to do next after this event
 

Below are examples:

PersonX mows the lawn PersonX shakes PersonY awake

1. Does PersonX typically need to do anything before this event?

Yes (mowing the lawn requires specific events happen first)

a). What are does PersonX need to do?

- get the lawn mower out (because the lawn mower is necessary in doing the event);
- turn the lawn mower on (if the lawn mower is off the event cannot be completed)

1. Does PersonX typically need to do anything before this event?

Yes (shaking someone requires certain actions first)

a). What are does PersonX need to do?

- find PersonY (in order to shake PersonY, PersonX needs to know where PersonY is);
- grab PersonY (shaking requires that PersonX physically touch PersonY)

2. What will PersonX likely want to do next, after this event?

- drink a glass of water (mowing the lawn is usually exercise which makes one want water);
- take a shower (mowing the lawn usually makes one sweaty);
- rest (mowing the lawn is usually tiring)

2. What will PersonX likely want to do next, after this event?

- tell PersonY something (telling someone something is a common reason for waking them up);
- to go somewhere (going somewhere is another common reason for waking someone up)

3. Does this event affect people other than PersonX?

No (there are no other people involved in the event)

a). What do they likely want to do next, after this event?

N/A

3. Does this event affect people other than PersonX?

Yes (PersonY is explicitly stated)

a). What do they likely want to do next, after this event?

- to snap at PersonX (being woken abruptly often makes people grumpy);
- to go back to sleep (people abruptly woken up are often still tired and want to continue sleeping)

 

Additional Examples (Expand/Collapse)

Example Does PersonX typically need to do anything before this event? What does PersonX need to do before this event? What will PersonX likely want to do after this event? Does this event affect people other than PersonX? What will these other people want to do after this event?
PersonX moves to a new city Yes sell their old apartment, leave their old job to meet people, to get a job, find an apartment No N/A
PersonX goes to the movie theatre Yes choose a movie to watch, take their wallet watch a movie, to have fun Yes (implied) watch a movie, to have fun
PersonX breaks PersonY's nose Yes hit PersonY, get close to PersonY to apologize, to get ice, to continue fighting Yes (PersonY) to yell at PersonX, to cry, to stop being friends with PersonX
PersonX sees a spider No N/A to scream, to kill the spider No N/A
PersonX smells something No N/A figure out what the smell is, figure out where the smell is coming from No N/A
PersonX drinks a cup of coffee Yes make coffee, buy coffee to be productive, to get work done No N/A
PersonX tries yoga Yes find a yoga studio, pay for a yoga class to rest, to eat healthy food No N/A
PersonX calls it a day
[Note: idiomatic]
Yes work hard, find a stopping place in PersonX's work go home, relax, eat dinner, pack PersonX's work up No N/A

Task: Previous/Next Action

Event

PersonX ${sentence}


 

Before

1. Does PersonX typically need to do anything before this event?

(Or does the event just happen to PersonX?)

 Yes, needs to do things
 No
 

 

After

2. What does PersonX likely want to do next after this event?

(Avoid reusing words from the event)

PersonX wants ...
[write an action]
 
[write another action]
 
[write another action - optional]
 
[write another action - optional]


 

3. Does this event affect people other than PersonX?

(e.g., PersonY, people included but not mentioned in the event)

 Yes
 No
 

 


 

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