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Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 11:47:17

Pulsey
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http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/twitter_spell/go

Its pretty fun^

I got 19/20, and i'm not sure which one i got wrong, my answers are here. If you could tell me which one was incorrect i'd appreciate that.

B,A,C,A,B,B,A,B,A,A,B,B,C,B,B,A,C,C,A,A
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 11:55:59


Krzysztof 
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Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 12:14:09

Pulsey
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damn, you're actually right, thanks!
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 14:30:05


myhandisonfire 
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It wasn't really that difficult to score 20/20 there.

But in this one I only scored 36 of 38:

http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_advancedreview.htm



So if anyone of you scores 38/38 by chance, I would love to know why Sophia Loren can't be a very beautiful woman. I do understand that an extremely beautiful woman is a correct answer, but why is "a very" wrong?

In the second to last question I failed too and I am not exactly sure why.
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 14:41:10


Krzysztof 
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no idea, but google says:


From the 'Oxford Advanced American Dictionary' - "Very is not used with adjectives and adverbs that already have an extreme meaning. You are more likely to use an adverb such as absolutely, completely, etc: She was absolutely furious.I’m completely exhausted.You played really flawlessly."
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 14:47:11


slammy 
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@myhand i messed up the second-to-last one as well, because that's how i would say it. but "won't" is a contraction for "will not" which matches up with the "You'll" contraction.

I didn't like the "Jack told her that he ____________ come the next day." question tho. i think there are two correct answers for it, depending on the intention.
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 15:05:08


myhandisonfire 
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@krzychu How does "beautiful" have an extreme meaning? I am still not convinced that saying "she is a very beautiful woman" is wrong.

@slammy I am sorry, I actually answered the third to last question wrong then. The second to last I answered correctly. The one that says "you had better see a doctor". Why not "you better see a doctor"?

And yes, i believe on some occasions it's possible to have multiple correct answers, but maybe the test demands the most suitable answer for whatever reason.
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 17:20:53


Beren • apex 
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I think 'beautiful' was a bad choice as an adjective to test that. The examples in Krzychu's post would sound odd with 'very' in place of the adverbs chosen though.

Regarding "You had better see a doctor", it is true that many people will omit the 'had' in that sentence, but what's really happening is an elision of a contracted 'had'. If I were to say that sentence, I'd probably say "You'd better see a doctor."
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 19:07:08


MysteryManBall
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oh darn i got 14 out of 20
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 21:43:51


Jefferspin 
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I'm actually impressed that MMB got 14.
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 22:37:20

GoldenBullet
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I got 13/20 but I just really didn't take much time reading the answers..
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/10/2014 22:41:38


{rp} GeneralGror
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full marks, for both. I could maybe twirl with pride if it wasn't my first language... Oh, details!
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/11/2014 04:34:30


myhandisonfire 
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instead of twirling with pride you could answer the questions risen ...
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/11/2014 05:36:02

Pulsey
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I got 36/38 too, got the first one wrong and the 'very beautiful' question wrong to, not sure why about the latter as well.
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/11/2014 09:09:24


[WM] แต€แดดแดฑ๐“•๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ 
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20/20 in the simple quiz, however made two mistakes on the advanced quiz scoring 36/38:

"I could hardly make out the ship in the distance." <- I don't think i knew that meaning of making out.. nice one.

the other mistake obviously was the "beauty" thinggy - before completing the test i've seen you mention "Very beautiful" being considered a mistake by the quiz, but I picked it anyways, since i feel "extreme" is just a matter of opinion, and way to strong to use in that context imho, while personally i see nothing wrong with "very".

furthermore - it's not the best source, but: http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/grammar/adverbs-common-errors.htm
Basic Spelling/Grammar Quiz: 9/11/2014 10:26:51


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"She's a very beautiful woman" is grammatically correct. It's kind of a demure way of speaking.
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