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How good is your grammar?

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Greenfinch Fri 10-Nov-17 10:00:54

Have you done the quiz?
I will boastfully say that I got all 16 questions correct. DH got 15 but DS in his forties scored only 7.He is highly intelligent and has a well paid job but it just reflects the era of his education.No formal grammar was taught in his school.He wishes it had been.

Willow500 Fri 10-Nov-17 10:12:26

I don't know what the quiz is but I've just heard a very intelligent young woman this morning say the dreaded 'a' word - arks!! Arks are for carrying animals not what you mean when asking a question!!

Greenfinch Fri 10-Nov-17 10:17:31

The quiz is under Latest on GN ie the advertisements down the side on the right.

Grandma70s Fri 10-Nov-17 10:20:37

I expected to get full marks, but the first time it said 15/16. I think it must have been that I picked the wrong answer when I should have picked the right one. I did it again, more carefully, and got the 16/16 I expected. I know my grammar.

Greenfinch Fri 10-Nov-17 10:36:15

I did exactly the same with the insure ensure question so I counted it as correct because I misread the heading and I do know the difference !

Fennel Fri 10-Nov-17 11:35:55

11 - not bad. Got all the spelling ones right though.

mcem Fri 10-Nov-17 11:55:49

14 but I did know all the correct answers. My problem was not paying attention to the questions. Must learn the difference between right and wrong!!

gillybob Fri 10-Nov-17 12:09:20

Me too Greenfinch I got 13 so did better than I expected to.

Nelliemoser Fri 10-Nov-17 12:44:51

12/16. Not proud of that it would have helped if I had read the questions much more carefully.

But I still don't think I could have got them all correct.

Nelliemoser Fri 10-Nov-17 12:57:27

I am not the only one not reading the question properly then.
The most important thing is to get your message across to the recipient so that your meaning is clear and unambigous.

A few hiccups with greengrocer's apostrophes might piss off the pedants but do not change the actual message.
Ignore any of mine. There are some of these I have always struggled with .

Mamie Fri 10-Nov-17 13:12:33

I got 16, but have to say it isn't nearly as hard as the current grammar test in schools for eleven-year-olds. Not a fronted adverbial or subjunctive in sight. 😀

JackyB Fri 10-Nov-17 14:06:38

It's not difficult but can someone tell me what is wrong about "The cat's whiskers were askew"?

cornergran Fri 10-Nov-17 14:07:10

16 for me. I always hope I will be forgiven for errors.

Anniebach Fri 10-Nov-17 14:10:45

Not even going to try, 😀

LucyGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 10-Nov-17 14:18:53

JackyB - that question was a 'pick the WRONG one' so that could be where you're getting a different answer than expected smile

Bathsheba Fri 10-Nov-17 14:20:31

It's not difficult but can someone tell me what is wrong about "The cat's whiskers were askew"?

Nothing wrong with that. The question asked for the wrong one, and the three choices were:

The cats' whiskers....
The cats whiskers....
The cat's whiskers...

So the wrong one was the middle one; the other two are perfectly correct.

Bathsheba Fri 10-Nov-17 14:20:53

Sorry Lucy X post smile

LucyGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 10-Nov-17 15:49:45


Greyduster Fri 10-Nov-17 21:31:11

12 for me, but a couple of ‘kick myself’ mistakes and a couple of ‘haven’t got the foggiest’ answers.

MissAdventure Fri 10-Nov-17 21:59:20

I got 13 too. A couple I realised after I'd already pressed the wrong one, 1 or 2 were guesswork blush

Jalima1108 Fri 10-Nov-17 22:34:25

15 - but I should learn to read the question then I would have got 16!! blush

annodomini Fri 10-Nov-17 23:16:40

I'd be very ashamed if I'd got anything wrong. However, I thought that one question (3, I think) was poorly set and the grammar in the correct solution was questionable.

Jalima1108 Sat 11-Nov-17 10:08:55

I thought that too annodomini
Should it have have read
'You should have told me you were going to be there' ?

But perhaps I am wrong.

Jalima1108 Sat 11-Nov-17 10:09:33

Did you notice my deliberate mistake?
An extra point if you did

JackyB Sat 11-Nov-17 11:45:45

Yes, that bothered me, too, Jalima.

"You should have told me you are going to be there" sounds wrong, however it is spelt.