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    Default pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    Hello everyone .

    Here's a test question:

    "This is a ... example of what not to do."

    a) pure b) simple c) prime

    All three work for me. How about you?

    Any comments are appreciated.

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    Default Re: pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    Quote Originally Posted by n4cd View Post
    Here's a test question:

    "This is a ... example of what not to do."

    a) pure b) simple c) prime

    All three work for me. How about you?
    'pure' does not work for me, but 'simple' is fine. It's a prime example of a bad test question - the writer has one fixed phrase in mind, and ignores other possible collocations.

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    Default Re: pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    Quote Originally Posted by n4cd View Post
    Hello everyone .

    Here's a test question:

    "This is a ... example of what not to do."

    a) pure b) simple c) prime

    All three work for me. How about you?

    Any comments are appreciated.
    c. is most common. b. works. a. doesn't work.
    Therefore, the answer is c.

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    Default Re: pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    My collocations dictionary gives 'simpe' and 'prime' as possible collocations. How do I know which is more common if, say, I have no-one to address the question? Why should we, learners, guess what the compiler had in mind? The question's rhetorical.

    Sorry.

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    Default Re: pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    My collocations dictionary gives 'simpe' and 'prime' as possible collocations. How do I know which is more common if, say, I have no-one to address the question? Why should we, learners, guess what the compiler had in mind? The question's rhetorical.

    Sorry.
    I'm not sure what you mean. If you want to say that an example is simple, use 'simple', if prime, use 'prime'.
    Collocations are useless for that. You might get an equal number of hits for "good dog" as for "bad dog", but you must use the phrase you need.

    Sorry for an answering a rhetorical question. I think your complaint should be against the setters of these types of questions.

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    Default Re: pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I think your complaint should be against the setters of these types of questions.
    It is indeed. What if they are browsing the forum?

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    Default Re: pure; simple; prime? (test question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    It is indeed. What if they are browsing the forum?
    I'll take that for another rhetorical question, and leave it that way.

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