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    Chinese English Test Choice Question (5)

    The professor claims to be expert at economy, but in fact, the figures he illustrates his speech with are inaccurate and ______ he knows about it is out of date.

    a--so much b--how much c--little that d--the little

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    The given right answer is [d]. I am wondering why [a] is incorrect.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (5)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    The professor claims to be expert at economy, but in fact, the figures he illustrates his speech with are inaccurate and ______ he knows about it is out of date.

    a--so much b--how much c--little that d--the little

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    The given right answer is [d]. I am wondering why [a] is incorrect.
    Thank you.
    a) Could work with some additions to the sentence, "...and so much of what he knows..."

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (5)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    The professor claims to be expert at economy, but in fact, the figures he illustrates his speech with are inaccurate and ______ he knows about it is out of date.

    a--so much b--how much c--little that d--the little

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    The given right answer is [d]. I am wondering why [a] is incorrect.
    Thank you.
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    Hello, LiuJing.

    (1) You always ask such interesting and challenging questions!!!

    (2) As Teacher Bhaisahab said, it would be "good"

    English if the test question read:

    So much of what he knows is out of date.

    (3) I communicated with a very experienced English teacher

    who teaches many learners worldwide, and she told me:

    (a) So much that he knows about it is out of date is NOT necessarily

    "bad" English -- but just UNUSUAL because native speakers

    usually do not use it as a subject. It usually comes in the

    middle (her examples):

    It's not so much that I hate him; it's just that he is dangerously stupid.

    He ate so much that he thought he might explode.

    Thank you

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (5)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Hello, LiuJing.

    (1) You always ask such interesting and challenging questions!!!

    (2) As Teacher Bhaisahab said, it would be "good"

    English if the test question read:

    So much of what he knows is out of date.

    (3) I communicated with a very experienced English teacher

    who teaches many learners worldwide, and she told me:

    (a) So much that he knows about it is out of date is NOT necessarily

    "bad" English -- but just UNUSUAL because native speakers

    usually do not use it as a subject. It usually comes in the

    middle (her examples):

    It's not so much that I hate him; it's just that he is dangerously stupid.

    He ate so much that he thought he might explode.

    Thank you
    Thank you , TheParser. The Chinese English test is just like this. We have to be fed up with it. In the right choice one, the little he knows about it, is 'little' a noun here?

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (5)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Thank you , TheParser. The Chinese English test is just like this. We have to be fed up with it. In the right choice one, the little he knows about it, is 'little' a noun here?
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Yes, LiuJing, I think that the the makes little a noun. Probably, it should

    read: The little that ....

    That is: The little (that he knows about it) is out of date.

    that he knows about it = adjective clause that modifies little.

    Thank you

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