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    [B][U]A quiz for students learning English[/U][/B]

    A quiz for students learning English

    Here is the quiz. What is wrong with the following sentences? If there is anything wrong .
    Correct them if they are wrong.

    English native speakers and EFL teachers may participate, but the must clearly explain why the sentence is wrong.. Not as easy as you think, Yes it’s easy for natives to correct the sentences, but not so easy to explain why.

    Teachers do you have any other ideas. Your ideas of contributing puzzles on this thread are welcome.


    Please correct the following sentences :

    Only those aware of the subject could join in the discussion.
    She was carrying a long and green umbrella.
    In Sweden many wives and husbands stay at home alternatively to look after their children.
    We decided to make alternate arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.
    I certainly will try harder the next time.
    During the flight she sat on the chair behind me.
    The cinema was in the middle of a large shopping center
    The present goverment is certain of losing the next election
    He was a bit embarrassed of what he had said
    Our main energetic source is nuclear power
    Nowadays many criminals end in jail
    I spent the afternoon listening to records with my girl friend
    Having received news of his death, they stopped looking after him.
    Last edited by Bels; 15-12-2007 at 21:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bels View Post
    A quiz for students learning English

    Here is the quiz. What is wrong with the following sentences? If there is anything wrong .
    Correct them if they are wrong.

    English native speakers and EFL teachers may participate, but the must clearly explain why the sentence is wrong.. Not as easy as you think, Yes itís easy for natives to correct the sentences, but not so easy to explain why.

    Teachers do you have any other ideas. Your ideas of contributing puzzles on this thread are welcome.


    Please correct the following sentences :

    Only those aware of the subject could join in the discussion.
    She was carrying a long and green umbrella.
    In Sweden many wives and husbands stay at home alternatively to look after their children.
    We decided to make alternate arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.
    I certainly will try harder the next time.
    During the flight she sat on the chair behind me.
    The cinema was in the middle of a large shopping center
    The present goverment is certain of losing the next election
    He was a bit embarrassed of what he had said
    Our main energetic source is nuclear power
    Nowadays many criminals end in jail
    I spent the afternoon listening to records with my girl friend
    Having received news of his death, they stopped looking after him.
    possible but you should tell us if we gotta focus on words use or grammar...some of them seem pretty weird

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    i like this one

    Having received news of his death, they stopped looking after him.

    Like thay didnt notice??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalTheReturn View Post
    possible but you should tell us if we gotta focus on words use or grammar...some of them seem pretty weird
    Sorry, some are grammar, some are the use of words. I tried these questions with my wife and she could answer the questions correctly and could answer the reasons why. Now answering the reasons why she, as a russian can do better than me. Must be something to do do with that linguist degree she has.

    I was also very proud that my Russian son corrected most of the sentences, speaking to him verbally. Of course he can't explain why. He did well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clean32 View Post
    i like this one

    Having received news of his death, they stopped looking after him.

    Like thay didnt notice??
    The answer is Having received news of his death, they stopped looking for him.

    Look after = take care of someone, who will take care of you if you are ill.
    look for = try to find. " I spent a whole hour looking for my friends.

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    i like this one

    Having received news of his death, they stopped looking after him.

    Like thay didnt notice??
    The answer is Having received news of his death, they stopped looking for him.

    Look after = take care of someone, who will take care of you if you are ill.
    look for = try to find. " I spent a whole hour looking for my friends.
    Or: Having received news of his death, they stopped looking forward to hearing from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bels View Post
    The answer is Having received news of his death, they stopped looking for him.

    Look after = take care of someone, who will take care of you if you are ill.
    look for = try to find. " I spent a whole hour looking for my friends.
    LOL i was trying to make a joke ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by IraM View Post
    Or: Having received news of his death, they stopped looking forward to hearing from him.
    I like it, very funny But not correct. But very funny and you deserve a greeny And you've got one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clean32 View Post
    LOL i was trying to make a joke ??
    I know, but Iliked ira'ms much better. Give her a greenie.

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    We decided to make alternate arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.

    we decided to make alternative arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.

    right, in'it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bels View Post
    A quiz for students learning English


    Please correct the following sentences :

    Only those aware of the subject could join in the discussion.
    She was carrying a long and green umbrella.
    In Sweden many wives and husbands stay at home alternatively to look after their children.
    We decided to make alternate arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.
    I certainly will try harder the next time.
    During the flight she sat on the chair behind me.

    The cinema was in the middle of a large shopping center
    The present goverment is certain of losing the next election
    He was a bit embarrassed of what he had said
    Our main energetic source is nuclear power
    Nowadays many criminals end in jail
    I spent the afternoon listening to records with my girl friend
    Having received news of his death, they stopped looking after him.
    Dear Bels! Thank you! It's really interesting! Sure I'm trying!

    were able to join
    long green umbrella (no need for conjunction)
    husbands and wives (order of words?) and also I would rather say "by turns"
    the hotel is fully booked (no shift of tenses?)
    next time (no article needed?)
    was sitting (continious instead of indefinite)
    is certain to lose
    embarrassed AT maybe?
    energy sousce
    end up?
    spent with my girlfriend listening...

    as for the cinema in the middle, well... don't know, everything seems to be ok. Maybe better to say "was situated"?
    I'm just dying to know whether I'm right or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalTheReturn View Post
    We decided to make alternate arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.

    we decided to make alternative arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.

    right, in'it?
    Needs a ,

    We decided to make alternative arrangements, in case the hotel was fully booked.

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    [QUOTE=SalTheReturn;321733]We decided to make alternate arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.

    we decided to make alternative arrangements in case the hotel was fully booked.

    right, in'it?[/QUOTE


    Yes it's right, welldone sal you made it correct in British English.

    But in American English the sentence is actually correct. We have different meanings for alternate and alternative in British English.

    It's very important we know the difference. It's very importamt of who we are quoting or representing. British English and American English can be very different.

    Look at the blunders of the Moscow Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazelnut View Post
    Dear Bels! Thank you! It's really interesting! Sure I'm trying!

    were able to join
    long green umbrella (no need for conjunction)
    husbands and wives (order of words?) and also I would rather say "by turns"
    the hotel is fully booked (no shift of tenses?)
    next time (no article needed?)
    was sitting (continious instead of indefinite)
    is certain to lose
    embarrassed AT maybe?
    energy sousce
    end up?
    spent with my girlfriend listening...

    as for the cinema in the middle, well... don't know, everything seems to be ok. Maybe better to say "was situated"?
    I'm just dying to know whether I'm right or not!
    Some good answers, but I'll wait a bit. Thankyou, and I like like your statement of no need for conjuction on the umbrella sentence, very good.

    I'll be back, but time for bed.

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    The problem with written exercises that are out of context is that it can be difficult to know what the intended meaning was. I have exercises that I have been using for years and still sometimes a new student will justify a new meaning with an unusual but possible case.
    Your first case
    "Only those aware of the subject could join in the conversation."
    possible fixes,
    Only those (that are) aware of the subject can join in the conversation
    referring to the present or the future
    Only those that were aware of the subject could have joined in the conversation.
    referring to a past that did not happen or is unknown.
    Only those that were aware of the subject were able to join in the conversation.
    again referring to the past and very probably they did join in.

    In addition to all that 'aware' doesn't seem to go well with 'subject'. It could be correct but just an odd use. Perhaps this is the mistake that you were presenting and you got sloppy in your other grammar. Since it is out of context I can't be sure but I would suspect that 'familar with the subject' would be a better choice.

    Whenever one of my students doesn't give me the answer I am expecting I ask them to explain what they think was happening.

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