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    Default help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    I was super pissed at my teacher since she said I'd made mistakes in the following sentences.

    1)We had some problems when we checked into the hotel.

    I was told that it should be "check in the hotel",whereas I know it's either "check into the hotel" or "check in at the hotel".

    2)This radio station is based in Chicago, which is 60 miles from here. That is why the broadcast doesn't come in clearly.

    Near as I can figure a signal comes in. It hardly comes over.

    3)I think the experiment supports my theory, but I need to go over the results a couple of times to make sure that no mistakes were made while collectingthe data.

    I pluged in go over. I was told that it should be "go into", whereas I know that "to go into" would mean to try to get information about something and "to go over''-to look at or study again to correct it.

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    Your sentences are correct.

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    Would she be inadequate in her judgements?

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    The only issue I have is with the one about the radio broadcast signal. I would say that a signal "comes through" not "in" or "over". As far as I'm concerned your other two sentences are fine and in my opinion, your teacher is wrong.

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    I would have also chosen "come through". Those wrere multiple choice questions. I just chose the most appropriatre ones. There wasn't "through".

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would she be inadequate in her judgements?
    When you think that native speakers with many years of experience cannot always agree on what is the 'correct' form in some cases, and that even acknowledged authorities can make the occasional mistake, I would think twice about using the word 'inadequate' of your teacher on the evidence of a couple of slips.

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    First, my teacher is not a native speaker. Second, how am I supposed to react to being downgraded? It's my understanding that a teacher is supposed to grade students accurately. I guess three sentences out twenty where she made mistakes is too many.

    On top of that, I wasn't the only person in class who was dissatisfied with her grading answers.
    Last edited by ostap77; 06-Mar-2012 at 23:16.

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    First, my teacher is not a native speaker. Second, how am I supposed to react to being downgraded? It's my understanding that a teacher is supposed to grade students accurately. I guess three sentences out twenty where she made mistakes is too many.
    Did your teacher actually create/invent/make up the questions and the multiple choice answers or were they from a textbook? If she created them, she should have been much more careful to ensure that the answers were correct. If she took them from a textbook then ultimately it's the fault of the textbook for being wrong - however, your teacher should have noticed that they were wrong.

    This is, unfortunately, the danger of being taught any language by a non-native speaker.

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    She could have taken them from an untrustworthy textbook. The thing is when I got to talking to her about there being mistakes on her side she would say that we wrere the ones who made mistakes not her.

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    Default Re: help needed otherwise I'm not going to be sleeping well

    Your many questions here have proven that you are an exceptionally diligent student.

    Although the answers to the points in question are not crystal clear, my sense is that you have developed a better ear for what sounds right to a native speaker than your teacher.

    May be time to find a better teacher.

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