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    #1

    key or answer key to the test?

    I often hear English teachers in Taiwan say "the answer key to a test," but in the dictionary "a key" means "the printed answers to a test or to the questions in a textbook." I think the word "answer" in "answer key" is redundant, and the two-word term is simply tautological. Do you think the word "answer" before "key" is absolutely necessary? I would appreciate your opinions.

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    Re: key or answer key to the test?

    It's not absolutely necessary, but I'd use it to be sure of being understood.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: key or answer key to the test?

    'The key to a test' could be interpreted as, "How to pass the test".

    The key to the TOFFEE test is eliminating the obviously wrong answers first.


    ps. TOFFEE - Test Of Fatuously Futile English Expressions.
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Jun-2011 at 12:57.

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