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2013-05-14 02:14:50 PM
8/10. So I'm a grammar guru.
Meh.

// I don't use a spell-checker.
 
2013-05-14 02:23:07 PM

manimal2878: Which is why arguing about grammar is stupid.  Grammar is supposed to describe how language is used by a group of people, if they start using it differently, the "rules" of grammar change.


They do, just not overnight (or even a fortnight). Forsooth, dost thou agree?

Since everyone is using "your" to mean "you are", your going to want to get rid of your "you're" from your language and your just going to use "your" for teh both of them. Right your.
 
2013-05-14 02:44:30 PM
9/10, because I don't actually know the names of any grammatical or structural terms but I got a lucky guess on gerund.

Can't believe some of you didn't know Hilary was a dude.
 
2013-05-14 02:47:20 PM
*jumps in*
What grinds my gears?
(I know..you didn't axe me.. :)
When people spell loose when they mean lose!...
OH, also add advice/advise to that for me too....
Peeps that do that make me feel stabby.
/No..not the Easter peeps.
 
2013-05-14 03:08:35 PM

I know more than you: Too many errors in the quiz.

For the neighbours question the answer depends on whether or not the garden of the neighbour(s) is owned by one or more persons.


"The man next door has a garden..."


There are more siblings, according to the reasoning the answer key uses to prove there is another brother, there also is another sister, or there should've been a comma after the word sister.


"...my only other sibling, Hilary"


Chair sitting has only correct sentences, not one incorrect, to be sat seated or set in chair means someone else placed you there.


FTFY


Anyone who has 10/10 without noticing the actual errors in the quiz is still just a wannabe Nazi instead of a true servant of the third empire.


Noch eine andere Möchtegern...
 
2013-05-14 03:21:12 PM
8/10. Add me to the "fark you, Hilary" brigade. The "might/may" distinction, however, was one I legitimately did not know.
 
2013-05-14 03:29:34 PM

Modified Cornstarch: 9/10
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A) Hilary is a chicks name
b) I think that rule was just made up
 
2013-05-14 04:03:17 PM

squibbits: I missed one, therefore I quit. I can only Nazi if I can be perfect.


I quit after they pushed the less-versus-fewer myth as an actual rule.  What's next?  "Don't end a sentence with a proposition?"  "Don't split an infinitive?"

Oh, and the "Hillary must be male" one was wrong, too, so overall, a nice bit of trolling.
 
2013-05-14 04:09:43 PM
I am the Grammar Fuhrer!
 
2013-05-14 04:19:55 PM
7/10

But only because #3 (Hilary) was a poorly formed sentence to begin with, and the questions about the parts of grammar are pointlessly pedantic. It's important to use grammar properly. It's not important to know the terms of grammar. Using language correctly can be learned through osmosis, without ever being "book smart" on the subject.

My mother was an english teacher. I use language and punctuation correctly, save for the occasional mistake because I learned language and punctuation correctly. But I don't have the slightest idea what a gerund is, or a participle, or any of the other terms in the last few questions of that test.

Nobody needs to know that crap to understand how to use grammar correctly.
 
2013-05-14 04:40:08 PM
I'm pretty sure that bit about the gender of the person and the comma, meaning the one and only brother, blah, blah, etc. is not an actual grammar rule, but a "style" rule used by the press. I saw a few of these in an article way back. It's hard for me to find it again since the "rule" has no name that I can think of. I'm pretty sure the article was linked here on Fark too.

Looking at a very verbose, old-fashioned and strict grammar text-book right now shows no such rule for the use of commas.
 
2013-05-14 04:59:02 PM
8/10

Don't get the amount of butthurt about the garden. The question was perfectly clear.

/Once answered a simple maths question, about the speed at which a chicken needed to cross the road to evade a car going X km/hour, twice
//Once for each unspecified driving direction
///Didn't even get bonus points
 
2013-05-14 05:02:56 PM
What does the BBC know about English?  If the first question, they couldn't even spell 'neighbor.' correctly.
 
2013-05-14 05:34:27 PM
8/10, guessed two.   Didn't understand why I was right on the rest but they sounded right.  Why yes I am from Texas.
 
2013-05-14 06:29:00 PM

100 Watt Walrus: 7/10

But only because #3 (Hilary) was a poorly formed sentence to begin with, and the questions about the parts of grammar are pointlessly pedantic. It's important to use grammar properly. It's not important to know the terms of grammar. Using language correctly can be learned through osmosis, without ever being "book smart" on the subject.

My mother was an english teacher. I use language and punctuation correctly, save for the occasional mistake, because I learned language and punctuation correctly. But I don't have the slightest idea what a gerund is, or a participle, or any of the other terms in the last few questions of that test.

Nobody needs to know that crap to understand how to use grammar correctly.


I swear, I did not do that on purpose.

/hangs head in shame
 
2013-05-14 08:58:35 PM

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


Same here.

/grammar guru
 
2013-05-14 10:21:49 PM
The first question is instantly debatable. I said D because I assumed there might be more than one person living in the house. After that, I lost interest.
 
2013-05-14 10:29:27 PM
9/10 (perfect)

As for the question about Hilary, the BBC is plain wrong. Hilary could be a vocative expression indicating the party who is being addressed.

/ an implication (outside formal logic) falls short of knowing (at least in my book).
// I don't believe we can determine someone's sex from the gender a sibling uses to refer to them.
/// I have only two siblings. My sister lives in Brazil. My eldest brother is travelling. My youngest brother passed away 29 years ago.
 
2013-05-15 01:37:06 AM
9/10 ... but there are so many others, I don't feel elite, or special any more.  Fark it, back to penis and fart jokes.
 
2013-05-15 01:48:51 AM
10/10. Heil?
 
2013-05-15 07:32:09 AM
9/10 meh.
 
2013-05-15 09:26:46 AM
Someone should explain to the BBC how multiple-choice questions work. If you've numbered the answers, then when you give the solutions, you can (and should) refer to the correct answer by number. Had to keep scrolling back up to check my work because they said things like "it's coffees" and I'd written down "3".

9/10. I thought the chair thing was a trick question.
 
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