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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I for one do not see a problem with the test. Sorry.

    a. misfortune b. sorrow
    1. He believed that the greatest of his misfortune was that he'd never had a college education.
    Sorrows are feelings quantified as being deep, not great.
    Wouldn't you use the plural, though, or say 'his greatest misfortune'? I would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    How does one advise these students on the choice between incorrect answers. :?
    I advise them to close their eyes and put their finger on an answer. (Joking!!) :wink:

    Take for example, a recent test paper I saw the other day. The passage began like this:

    When Jill was a boy, he always liked and watched radios very much.
    (Those are the exact words, I noted them down.)
    Others have commented on the "boy named Jill" thing, but I wonder why he liked watching radios. Most people listen to the radio. They don't watch it.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    How does one advise these students on the choice between incorrect answers. :?
    I advise them to close their eyes and put their finger on an answer. (Joking!!) :wink:

    Take for example, a recent test paper I saw the other day. The passage began like this:

    When Jill was a boy, he always liked and watched radios very much.
    (Those are the exact words, I noted them down.)

    Others have commented on the "boy named Jill" thing, but I wonder why he liked watching radios. Most people listen to the radio. They don't watch it.

    :)
    Do you remember Diannai from dict.com? She used to watch Radio Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I wonder why he liked watching radios. Most people listen to the radio. They don't watch it.

    :)
    Maybe 'Jill' has poor hearing. ;)

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    A watched radio is never stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    A watched radio is never stolen.
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    How does one advise these students on the choice between incorrect answers. :?
    I advise them to close their eyes and put their finger on an answer. (Joking!!) :wink:

    Take for example, a recent test paper I saw the other day. The passage began like this:

    When Jill was a boy, he always liked and watched radios very much.
    (Those are the exact words, I noted them down.)

    Others have commented on the "boy named Jill" thing, but I wonder why he liked watching radios. Most people listen to the radio. They don't watch it.

    :)
    Do you remember Diannai from dict.com? She used to watch Radio Canada.
    LOL! Well, Diannai is a little strange.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    A watched radio is never stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    LOL! Well, Diannai is a little strange.


    Little

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    LOL! Well, Diannai is a little strange.


    Little
    I perhaps was making an understatement.


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