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

Full Instructions     (Expand/Collapse)

You will read a sentence fragment depicting an event, and be asked to determine whether the shown phrases are possible things that:

  • the person doing the event might need to do before
  • all event participants might want to do after

Events are short phrases possibly involving participants. The names of specific people have been replaced by generic words (e.g. PersonX, PersonY, PersonZ). PersonX is always the subject of the event. The phrase may also contain "___", a placeholder that can be an object, a person, and/or an action.

Your task is to determine which of the listed needs/wants you think make sense, using the following definitions:

  1. Before, PersonX needs answers the question: "does PersonX typically need to do anything before this event?"
    NOTE: For some events, PersonX might not need to do anything (need is "none"), in which case you should indicate whether that's the case.
  2. After, PersonX wants answers the question "what will PersonX likely want to do next, after this event?"
  3. After, others want answers the question "what will others likely want to do next, after this event?"
    Other people could be either explictly mentioned (e.g. "PersonY") or implied to be included in the event (e.g. a "classroom" usually contains students).
    If the event could sometimes have other people and sometimes not have them, then answer the questions including those other people.
    NOTE: Some events won't involve any other participants (others want is "none"), in which case you should indicate whether you think other people are affected.

Notes on the events: some of the events may be figurative, and should not be taken literally
(e.g., "PersonX kills two birds with one stone" does *not* require PersonX to "pick up a stone")

Examples     (Expand/Collapse)

Event Before, PersonX needs:
PersonX needs to (do)...
After, PersonX wants:
PersonX might want to...
After, others want:
Others might want to...
PersonX takes the test take notes ✔ celebrate ✔ work hard
have a test go home ✔ none (if no other people involved)
study hard ✔ learn more win the competition
practice ✔ take a break ✔ congratulate PersonX (if other people involved)
PersonX goes to the movies turn on the television watch TV have fun with PersonX ✔
go to the movie theatre ✔ go to the event thank PersonX
buy tickets ✔ buy popcorn ✔ none
drive to the movie theatre ✔ go home ✔ welcome PersonX
get tickets ✔ binge watch buy popcorn ✔
PersonX gives PersonY ___ as a gift buy the gift ✔ see if PersonY likes it ✔ none
none thank PersonY thank PersonX ✔
talk to PersonY ✔ give PersonY a hug ✔ pay PersonX
go to school give PersonY a gift hug PersonX ✔
PersonX yells at the classroom get up go home answer PersonX's question ✔
open their mouth ✔ take a nap help PersonX
get angry ✔ calm down ✔ none
go to the library apologize ✔ learn from them
go to school ✔ run away listen to PersonX ✔
PersonX is very worried none (event happens to PersonX) feel better ignore PersonX
get away from something take a deep breath ✔ none (no other people involved)
hear something go to the doctor ✔ encourage PersonX
watch TV get a tissue help PersonX (if others involved)
PersonX draws the line pick up the object take a picture none (if no other people involved)
have the authority ✔ take a break ✔ thank PersonX
get fed up ✔ get a reward argue with PersonX (if other people involved)
none set some rule ✔ listen to PersonX (if other people involved)




1) Before, PersonX needs: "none"

1) Before, PersonX needs: "${xNee0}" — Is this a possible thing that PersonX needs to do before the event "${event}"?

2) After, PersonX wants: "${xWan0}" — Is this a possible thing that PersonX will want to do after the event "${event}"?

3) After, others want: "none"

3) After, others want: "${oWan0}" — Is this a possible thing that others will want to do after the event "${event}"?
(others: PersonY, implied partipants in the event)

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