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    how was your flight?

    Hello teachers,

    in a recent English test my son wrote 'How was the flight?' instead of 'How was your flight?' and his teacher deducted half a mark for that. What do you say?

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    #2

    Re: how was your flight?

    Could you provide more context?
    It's hard to tell this way. Both sentences are correct, depending on the context:

    -I just came from New York!
    -Really? How was the(your) flight?

    But, you could not say 'How was THE flight?' if the flight hadn't been mentioned before.

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    Re: how was your flight?

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Could you provide more context?
    It's hard to tell this way. Both sentences are correct, depending on the context:

    -I just came from New York!
    -Really? How was the(your) flight?

    But, you could not say 'How was THE flight?' if the flight hadn't been mentioned before.
    They had to write a note to a friend who had just come to Italy from England (by plane).

    My son specifies: a whole mark not half :)


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    Re: how was your flight?

    Maybe because ''How was your flight?'' is more common. But that does not give that teacher the right to make a deduction - your son did not make a mistake. Demand an explanation!

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    Re: how was your flight?

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Maybe because ''How was your flight?'' is more common. But that does not give that teacher the right to make a deduction - your son did not make a mistake. Demand an explanation!
    Thanks for your help, Ivan. As for demanding an explanation, I'd better not!


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    Re: how was your flight?

    Anytime! ;)
    p.s. Why 'better not'?

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