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    Choose the one word or phrase which would not be appropriate in standard written English.

    1. She indicated to me that she will get the job in spite of her inexperience.
    she would get ?

    2. Consider all the possibilities, I really believe that I would prefer not to make any changes now.
    Considering ?

    3. It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the party.
    Mary and I ?

    4. Tom is considered to be as efficient, if not more efficient than, the other workers in his office.
    as the other ?

    5. We found ourselves in a boat on tossing seas, and even with our best efforts, it takes a miracle for us to survive.
    despite our best efforts ?

    6. I have recently read the article to which my linguistics professor referred to in his final lecture.
    referred ( ) in ?

    7. Your semester grade is based not only on how well you do on each test, but also how you participate in class.
    on how you ?

    8. Although he only makes $500 monthly, he manages to support his family adequately.
    to provide for his family ?

    9. These kind of shoes seem to be expensive, but they are relatively easy to care for.
    they are easy to ?

    10. If you would have gone to last night's game, I am sure that you would have enjoyed seeing our team win.
    had gone ?

    Are all the answers correct ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Find mistake in a sentence

    Take another look at 3. , 5. , 6. , 8., 9. :D

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    3. put off
    5. it took a miracle
    6. ( to ) following referred should be omitted since it has been used with ( which ) in front.
    8. $500 a month
    9. This kind of shoes

    I think I was correct at 6. I meant the ( to ) was supposed to be deleted :) in the previous post.

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    That's fabulous.

    Let's take a closer look at 3. and 9. :D

    3. It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the party.

    HINT: Note that, the phrase 'Mary and us' functions as the object of the verb 'told'. Also note that, 'and' joins two like forms.

    9. These kind of shoes seem to be expensive, but they are relatively easy to care for.

    HINT: Note that, 'These' and 'shoes' are plural.

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    Then 3 and 9 are perfect sentences with no errors at all. But I am asked to single out a mistake from each sentence :P

    Regarding 8 it seems that , ' monthly ' used as an adverb modifying ' verb ', why it is not acceptable then but has to be changed into ' a month ' ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Then 3 and 9 are perfect sentences with no errors at all. But I am asked to single out a mistake from each sentence :P
    3. and 9. are not OK. Take another look.

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Regarding 8. it seems that 'monthly' is being used as an adverb to modify 'makes'. Why isn't it acceptable then?
    He makes only $500 a month/monthly.
    His monthly salary is only $500.

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    Gosh, I sort of got it

    Mary OR us :)

    These kinds of shoes ? => many different kinds I guess :)

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    but 'or' is not underlined...

    FRC

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    Probably the question is wrongly printed :P This is the last possibility I can think of :)

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    That's correct. Either Mary OR us, not both. :D The reason being, 'us' is inclusive e.g., They told us (Mary, John and me). :D

    That's correct. These kinds of shoes :D


    Excellent! :D

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