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    Although some parents believe that the local all-girls school should begin to admit boys, others claim that girls would participate actively in class only if they had all-girls classes.

    A)that girls would participate actively in class only if they had all-girls classes
    B)that girls will only participate actively in a class if it is all-girls
    C)that girls will only participate actively in an all-girls class
    D)that girls would participate actively only in a class that were all-girls
    E)that girls in all girls-classes will participate actively in that situation only

    I chose D. But the correct answer is C. Can anyone pls expln?

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    that girls would participate actively only in a class that were all-girls
    (Is 'were' a typo - it should be 'was'.)

    The position of 'only' in a sentence can change the meaning, and render the sentence ambiguous. Take these:
    'I saw her only once' : 'only' stresses the single instance that I saw her.
    'I only saw her once' leaves it unclear whether I would often hear her talking next door (but never actually 'saw' her in person except one time; or talked to her often on the phone, but only met her (= saw her) once. This sentence is equivalent to saying, "I only actually saw her the once for a date (but we corresponded a lot)."
    compare:
    I saw her only once: it emphasizes 'once' - not twice, half a dozen times - ONCE.
    In the sentence you chose, the position of 'only' means that it emphasizes 'in a class'. It is not whether the education would be conducted in some other format, such as small tutorial groups, that roused the parents' fears and objection so that they were insisting, 'we must only have classes, none of these small tutorial groups, because girls won't participate unless they are actually in a class/classroom situation'. No- they were afraid that if boys were admitted to the school, the girls would be reluctant to participate when boys are also present in classes. Hence:
    ..they would only participate actively (in class, in the lesson) if it was just all girls.
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Jul-2008 at 14:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Although some parents believe that the local all-girls school should begin to admit boys, others claim that girls would participate actively in class only if they had all-girls classes.

    A)that girls would participate actively in class only if they had all-girls classes
    B)that girls will only participate actively in a class if it is all-girls
    C)that girls will only participate actively in an all-girls class
    D)that girls would participate actively only in a class that were all-girls
    E)that girls in all girls-classes will participate actively in that situation only

    I chose D. But the correct answer is C. Can anyone pls expln?
    What was the question?

    If the question uses "only if they had an all-girls class", and bearing in mind David's opinion, the answer would have to be A, D or E, if the position of "only" was the determinant of the correct answer.
    Also, A. is exactly what occurs in the "question".

    It's hard to explain why one was chosen without knowing what the question was.

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    The "question" in these test items is:
    Although some parents believe that the local all-girls school should begin to admit boys, others claim.......

    Choose which best completes this sentence:
    A.
    B.
    C.
    D.

    It is apparent the issue is, to admit or not admit boys. That this would cause education to change from being 'in classes' to some other format (and girls only like being taught 'in classes', no other format) is highly unlikely; so the concern is about 'active participation', and that girls won't in the presence of boys.
    Ipso facto, emphasize 'participate actively" - 'only participate actively'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The "question" in these test items is:
    Although some parents believe that the local all-girls school should begin to admit boys, others claim.......

    Choose which best completes this sentence:
    A.
    B.
    C.
    D.

    It is apparent the issue is, to admit or not admit boys. That this would cause education to change from being 'in classes' to some other format (and girls only like being taught 'in classes', no other format) is highly unlikely; so the concern is about 'active participation', and that girls won't in the presence of boys.
    Ipso facto, emphasize 'participate actively" - 'only participate actively'.
    Ah, OK thanks.
    Maybe. I don't think there's much in it. While I understand what you're saying, it's a fine point. I think the parents would be equally concerned that their girls would participate only in all-girls classes, and that the introduction of boys would prevent all-girls classes. Perhaps other forms of teaching arrangement apart from classes doesn't enter into it?

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    i have two usages to test correct:

    i will want to talk to you

    or i want to talk to you

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    i always disliked reading the question first.
    or
    i have always disliked reading the question first.



    please choose the correct way of putting across the idea in above sentence sets and also, and what does each sentence conveys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    i have two usages to test correct:

    i will want to talk to you

    or i want to talk to you

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    i always disliked reading the question first.
    or
    i have always disliked reading the question first.


    This is a new question. New topic, new thread.

    You have offered no context for any of the sentences. Where did you find them?

    What did you do after you read the question? Or were you the first one to read the question? Which?

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    firstly, sorry for posting it here..

    these are doubts i've regarding their usages in daily conversations. I want to know what is the difference in meaning between one another in each set.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post

    These are questions I have regarding their usages in daily conversations. I want to know what are the differences in meaning between the sentences in each pair.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I will want to talk to you

    or

    I want to talk to you

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    I always disliked reading the question first.
    or
    I have always disliked reading the question first.
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    You have offered no context for any of the sentences. Where did you find them?

    What did you do after you read the question? Or were you the first one to read the question? Which?
    In what context would "I will want to talk to you" make sense?



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