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as an expert, which begins usually by further elaborating on or reframing the problem and then provides the solution(s) and the legitimation/justification of the suggested solutions. I am here concentrating on parts of three of the questions in the section:

(8) Question:

΄Εχω παρατηρήσει ότι οι Ιταλοί φοράνε καφέ παπούτσια με γκρι κοστούμι. Και μόλις πρόσφατα έμαθα το λόγο. Οι Ιταλοί, λοιπόν, ισχυρίζονται ότι μαύρα παπούτσια φοράνε μόνο οι μαφιόζοι όταν πηγαίνουν σε κηδεία. Κατά πόσον ισχύει κάτι τέτοιο;

I have noticed that Italian men wear brown shoes with grey suits. And only recently did I find out the reason. So, Italians claim that it is only mafiosi who wear black shoes, when they go to a funeral. To what extent is something like this true?


Καταρχήν, οφείλω να παραδεχτώ ότι περισσότερο με απασχολούν οι Ιταλίδες, παρά οι Ιταλοί. Βέβαια, το ίδιο κάνουν και οι Ιταλοί. Επιπλέον, κυκλοφορούν περισσότερα παπούτσια από Ιταλίδες.

To begin with, I ought to admit that I am more interested in Italian women than Italian men. Of course, Italians do the same. Moreover, there are more shoes around than Italian women.

(9) Question:

Ποια παπούτσια θεωρούνται επίσημα κατά τη γνώμη σας; Αυτά με τα κορδόνια ή τα παντοφλέ; Απαντήστε γρήγορα και σταράτα.

Which shoes are considered formal, in your opinion? The laced ones or the slip-ons? Give [pl.] a brief and direct reply.


Αν η εκζήτηση του παντοφλέ σας κάνει, προτείνω τα βελούδινα του Tom Ford για την Gucci ή τα pump λουστρινένια «γοβάκια»  Faniel του John Lobb. Επίσης, μια γυναίκα από βελούδο, με κορδόνια και όχι παντοφλέ...

…If the [eccentricity] of the slip-on suits you, I suggest the velvet [ones] by Tom Ford for Gucci or the pump patent leather “pumpettes” Faniel by John Lobb. Moreover, a woman made of velvet, with laces and not a slip-on…

In both examples (8) and (9) above, a reader is asking for advice on wardrobe and shoes. Their ‘problem’ is ignorance about how to select the appropriate shoes for each suit colour or occasion, and thus the ‘new information’ provided by the expert should involve telling the readers what to do in relation to these issues. Both the three assertions in example (8), at the beginning of the answer (‘I am more interested in Italian women than Italian men’, ‘Italians do the same [i.e. are also more interested in Italian women]’ and  ‘there are more shoes around than Italian women’) and the last piece of advice in example (9), which is at the very end of the answer (‘[I suggest]… a woman made of velvet, with laces and not a slip-on…) are irrelevant to the problem and don’t provide any of the moves of the genre of advice texts. That is, they do not provide a solution to the reader’s problem nor do they explain anything related to the problem or the solution (however, actual solutions about suit/shoes combinations are provided later on in the text).

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