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2013-05-14 09:47:20 AM  
(obscene gerund)   ?
 
2013-05-14 09:48:35 AM  

namegoeshere: I know more than you: to be sat in chair means someone else placed you there.

That would be to be seated, not sat.


No, to seat is a synonym, which could also be used and mean the same thing, but here to sit was used, and sat is the correct form in this case.
 
2013-05-14 09:49:30 AM  
I call bullshiat on number 4.  I can count apples. I still don't see how "I eat fewer than five apples a day" is incorrect.
 
2013-05-14 09:54:30 AM  
I only know two languages: English and bad English.

www.wearysloth.com
 
2013-05-14 09:57:27 AM  
I can count apples, but not oranges. Of course, I shouldn't compare the two.
 
2013-05-14 09:58:07 AM  

I know more than you: namegoeshere: I know more than you: to be sat in chair means someone else placed you there.

That would be to be seated, not sat.

No, to seat is a synonym, which could also be used and mean the same thing, but here to sit was used, and sat is the correct form in this case.


No. When someone places someone else somewhere, they do not sit them, they seat them. I will seat you here. I have seated you there.

You sit. You seat someone else.
 
2013-05-14 10:01:02 AM  
9/10, grammar guru.

I think I was attacked by a gerund, once.
 
2013-05-14 10:02:50 AM  
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-05-14 10:05:38 AM  
For most of you, English is at best your second language - American is your first language.  So if you scored well, it's an even better accomplishment.

9/10, but correct on Hilary question.
 
2013-05-14 10:07:41 AM  
Seating someone is what waiters do.
If daddy picks you up and places you on a seat, then 'Daddy sat me on the stool' conveys that fine nuance better (to my 'grammears', anyway)
 
2013-05-14 10:16:27 AM  

whistleridge: Aight guys, their ain't no reason your not gunna have ot of foon doing this. Its rediculously eesy. Its even funner than those grammier thing's they do on Facebook.


FTFY
 
2013-05-14 10:18:14 AM  
My face was once seated upon.
 
2013-05-14 10:20:42 AM  
9/10 - damn Hillary.

On the plus side, I actually learned something today. So I've got that going for me. Which is nice.
 
2013-05-14 10:22:30 AM  

Rashnu: My face was once seated upon.


Hey, much better than my example!

So, how's your mom doing?
 
2013-05-14 10:25:22 AM  
Grammar Guru with a 9 out of 10. The Hilary question farked me.
 
2013-05-14 10:31:14 AM  

AlanSmithee: Rashnu: My face was once seated upon.

Hey, much better than my example!

So, how's your mom doing?


She's actually intransitive. But I hear yours loves taking objects.
 
2013-05-14 10:33:47 AM  

propasaurus: I'm barely awake, but where (other than in the answer key) does it say that a singular neighbor owns the garden?


Indeed, this is coming from England and they're notorious socialists. It could be the "People's Revolutionary Garden for Bountiful Production of Glorious Foods for Strengthening the Workers."
 
2013-05-14 10:34:05 AM  

KeeptheChief: I call bullshiat on number 4.  I can count apples. I still don't see how "I eat fewer than five apples a day" is incorrect.


Oops, looks like my comprehension failed me. I was supposed to pick the one that was wrong.
 
2013-05-14 10:35:31 AM  

ginandbacon: here to help: ginandbacon: 10 for 10. Mother was an editor at Houghton Mifflin for most of my life.

And I bet she had a "hought mifflin". Rawr.

Better than your mother's miffled hought.

/amidoinitright?


Haughty Milf?
 
2013-05-14 10:35:49 AM  

namegoeshere: I know more than you: namegoeshere: I know more than you: to be sat in chair means someone else placed you there.

That would be to be seated, not sat.

No, to seat is a synonym, which could also be used and mean the same thing, but here to sit was used, and sat is the correct form in this case.

No. When someone places someone else somewhere, they do not sit them, they seat them. I will seat you here. I have seated you there.

You sit. You seat someone else.


You are unaware of the meaning of the word synonym? Look it up. And while you're perusing the dictionary also lookup to sit and learn all of its meanings.

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sit:

Definition of SIT
transitive verb
1: to cause to be seated : place on or in a seat -often used with down
4: to provide seats or seating room for

Examples of SIT
She sat the toddler in the chair.
 
2013-05-14 10:40:07 AM  
1/3 and then I realized this is exactly why I don't worry about stupid grammar rules that shouldn't even exist.
 
2013-05-14 10:43:49 AM  

dickfreckle: One thing I don't get is why grammar nazis think that anyone cares to meticulously proofread before posting. It's a website where we tell dick and fart jokes for chrissakes. Fark all that...preview is for p*ssies. I go in dry.


Why? I'll tell you why. It is whycause if you fail to check your work prior to posting you risk turning the dick and fart jokes into duck and fort jokes which lack the punch, the joie-du-vivre, the vibrancy and essence of all that makes us human with our understanding and appreciation of penises and flatulence. Duck jokes? Marginally humorous and as Woody Allen taught, "duck" is funnier than "chicken", just as "Buick" is more funny than "Chevrolet". It's that hard "ck", which again brings us back to "dick", naturally. And a fort joke? Perhaps if you're in the Army or if you're a small child with a penis who laughs because he's hung a sign reading, "No Gerls alowed in my Fart" over the doorway to his penis fort. But generally speaking there is little humor to be gained from a fort. Farts, on the other hand, are a universal source of amusement. Even in Vonnegut's dystopian future in which we've all evolved to resemble fur seals, farts are funny. Forts, not funny.

This, citizen, is why it matters.
 
2013-05-14 10:44:34 AM  
Ain't nothin' but a thang, yo!
 
2013-05-14 10:44:45 AM  
I'm American, from the south, and I still got 9/10.

(Do I get an armband?)
 
2013-05-14 10:46:38 AM  

I know more than you: namegoeshere: I know more than you: namegoeshere: I know more than you: to be sat in chair means someone else placed you there.

That would be to be seated, not sat.

No, to seat is a synonym, which could also be used and mean the same thing, but here to sit was used, and sat is the correct form in this case.

No. When someone places someone else somewhere, they do not sit them, they seat them. I will seat you here. I have seated you there.

You sit. You seat someone else.

You are unaware of the meaning of the word synonym? Look it up. And while you're perusing the dictionary also lookup to sit and learn all of its meanings.

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sit:

Definition of SIT
transitive verb
1: to cause to be seated : place on or in a seat -often used with down
4: to provide seats or seating room for

Examples of SIT
She sat the toddler in the chair.



The example in TFA is still incorrect. "I was sat" is wrong. "I was seated" or "I was sitting" would both be correct.
 
2013-05-14 10:56:41 AM  

namegoeshere: I know more than you: namegoeshere: I know more than you: namegoeshere: I know more than you: to be sat in chair means someone else placed you there.

That would be to be seated, not sat.

No, to seat is a synonym, which could also be used and mean the same thing, but here to sit was used, and sat is the correct form in this case.

No. When someone places someone else somewhere, they do not sit them, they seat them. I will seat you here. I have seated you there.

You sit. You seat someone else.

You are unaware of the meaning of the word synonym? Look it up. And while you're perusing the dictionary also lookup to sit and learn all of its meanings.

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sit:

Definition of SIT
transitive verb
1: to cause to be seated : place on or in a seat -often used with down
4: to provide seats or seating room for

Examples of SIT
She sat the toddler in the chair.


The example in TFA is still incorrect. "I was sat" is wrong. "I was seated" or "I was sitting" would both be correct.


Yet "I was sat down" is fine. Silly. I should be able to say "I was sat at the nicest table in the restaurant" and not "I was seated at the nicest table in the restaurant" to instantly make it clear that I mean "by the restaurant staff because I'm so rich and handsome."
 
2013-05-14 10:58:34 AM  
namegoeshere:The example in TFA is still incorrect. "I was sat" is wrong. "I was seated" or "I was sitting" would both be correct.

In American usage. In British usage, to be sat is entirely correct. It's similar to the way in the US you are 'in THE hospital', but in Britain you're 'in hospital'.
 
2013-05-14 10:59:43 AM  
9/10.  Because I clicked on the arrow twice and it skipped the last question.

/English is not even my fisrt language.
 
2013-05-14 11:00:44 AM  
8/10

ESL here.
 
2013-05-14 11:01:32 AM  

Flab: 9/10.  Because I clicked on the arrow twice and it skipped the last question.

/English is not even my fisrt language.


Awesome!
 
2013-05-14 11:02:53 AM  

AngryJailhouseFistfark: AngryJailhouseFistfark: AlanSmithee: Could "I was sat in a chair" be grammatical if the form  of 'sitting' is the transitive one?
Eg:
(An adult talking about a time he was 3 years old)
"At the cottage, my parents had a choice of how to seat us three kids. There was an orange chair, a blue chair, a stool, and a bench. Sister got the bench. Big brother was forced to takethe stool. As for me, I was sat on a chair, the blue one".
Or should it be  "I was seated"?

The correct form would be, "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and mood."

OH MOTHERfarkINGshiatASSGODDAMMIT!!! I screwed that up. Should be: "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and humour."


What in the flucking shiat?

-and-

Well that escalated quickly.

-and-

WTFH?  Dafuq?  Etc.
 
2013-05-14 11:22:45 AM  
Where's meow said the dog?
 
2013-05-14 11:23:30 AM  
10/10, and you have to understand that the Hilary question is 1/3 grammar and 2/3 logic.
 
2013-05-14 11:23:55 AM  
I was sat down by my father and given a stern lecture.

/"was sat down" not "was sat"
 
2013-05-14 11:26:45 AM  
9/10.

I are goodly at Grammars.

/Oh, and fark you, Hilary.
//Gerunds FTW!
 
2013-05-14 11:31:36 AM  
1/10

Thank god for Hilary!
 
2013-05-14 11:44:57 AM  

mesmer242: 9/10. I don't care if Hilary is a man or woman.


Me too. Same problem with that one question. A few were ridiculously easy, most required at least a little care.
 
2013-05-14 11:47:39 AM  

Luminaro: I got the first one wrong and it annoyed me.  They didn't actually tell you if there were one or more neighbors, so I chose the s-apostrophe.  If they mean that the garden belonged to one neighbor in particular rather than a group of neighbors as a whole, that sort of makes sense, but then what if there are multiple people living in the same house?  Are all 5 people living in that house considered "neighbor" or "neighbors"?


The problem started with "The man next door has a garden that is being overrun with cats. Which of the following questions is correct?".
 
2013-05-14 11:47:41 AM  
H.L. Mencken LOL
 
2013-05-14 11:48:16 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I was sat down by my father and given a stern lecture.

/"was sat down" not "was sat"


I was sat in a slatted chair by my father and now I am very scared.

/was sat, not was sat down
 
2013-05-14 11:51:35 AM  
9/10.  Hilary can bite me.
 
2013-05-14 12:05:52 PM  

trappedspirit: AngryJailhouseFistfark: AngryJailhouseFistfark: AlanSmithee: Could "I was sat in a chair" be grammatical if the form  of 'sitting' is the transitive one?
Eg:
(An adult talking about a time he was 3 years old)
"At the cottage, my parents had a choice of how to seat us three kids. There was an orange chair, a blue chair, a stool, and a bench. Sister got the bench. Big brother was forced to takethe stool. As for me, I was sat on a chair, the blue one".
Or should it be  "I was seated"?

The correct form would be, "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and mood."

OH MOTHERfarkINGshiatASSGODDAMMIT!!! I screwed that up. Should be: "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and humour."

What in the flucking shiat?

-and-

Well that escalated quickly.

-and-

WTFH?  Dafuq?  Etc.


You know the thing from that place? With the stuff? Sure. You know the one.
 
2013-05-14 12:26:23 PM  
9/10 because I had no idea what gerunds were.
 
2013-05-14 12:28:24 PM  
"The Queen arrived at the castle with the King by her side, in a dress adorned with hand-sewn embroidered dragons."

What the shiat?  Kings can't wear dresses?  This test is homophobic or something and therefore moot.
 
2013-05-14 12:34:10 PM  
7/10
I got 3, 5, 8 wrong
You expect me to remember what a gerund is?
 
2013-05-14 12:57:31 PM  
10 out of 10


thank you
thank you
thank you
and seig heil
 
2013-05-14 01:11:39 PM  
9/10. And I disagree with the 10th.
 
2013-05-14 01:28:48 PM  

croesius: Flab: 9/10.  Because I clicked on the arrow twice and it skipped the last question.

/English is not even my fisrt language.

Awesome!


Fat fingers exist in all languages.  This was a grammar test, not a syntax exam.
 
2013-05-14 01:44:52 PM  

Zasteva: mesmer242: 9/10. I don't care if Hilary is a man or woman.

Me too. Same problem with that one question. A few were ridiculously easy, most required at least a little care.


algrant33: 10/10, and you have to understand that the Hilary question is 1/3 grammar and 2/3 logic.


I thought it was probably implying that Hilary was a brother, but if the writer can't be bothered enough to be clear, then I can't be bothered enough to care.

/Since this is a British test, make sure to mentally pronounce "bothered" as "bovvered"
//Glad to see this thread isn't actually full of grammar nazis
 
2013-05-14 02:04:18 PM  
7/10, Meh. I got the Hilary one right.  I read these like they're bawdy sex tales. This one started of alright, with the man with a pussy problem.  The ambiguous sex hookup was fun as always. The Z-snapping uncle rocking some chicks' landing strip with his whiskers was right-on. The dude imperatively demanding a model give him so sweet gerunding was just wrong. The cross-dressing king regally finished up the tale.
 
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