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    A challenge for expert nitpickers!

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Hi,
    You did a good job in my opinion.
    I would like to add something, though.

    1)
    Adverbs can also modify sentences.
    Yesterday I made my homework.
    Unfortunately, I have not met him again.


    3)
    I believe the correct choice is completents.

    6c and 7 are a bit questionable, but maybe another member will help you there.

    The rest seems absolutely clear to me.

    Cheers!

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    Although the test appears not to address subject-verb agreement except perhaps in the proofreading section, in 6b I think the verb should be were, not was: The '70s were a...
    In 6c it should be either ten minutes' drive or a ten-minute drive, butnot a ten minutes' drive.

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    Also, in 7 - as you're in England I assume you want Br Eng - it should be 'locally-grown', 'flavour', and 'dietary'.

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    Thanks for the great replies. Just to clarify a couple of points:

    • in 6b I think the verb should be were, not was: The '70s were a...


    If I changed it to 'were' it would read 'The '70s were a great decade'. Surely this isn't right, because a decade is sort of a unit, made up of ten years.

    • ten minutes' drive or a ten-minute drive, butnot a ten minutes' drive.


    Could somebody clarify why this is true? 'The station is a ten minutes' drive from...' seems to work to me. Why does the addition of 'a' make it improper?

    Thanks

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

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    But it's 70s, which is plural.
    The team was very strong.
    They were a very strong team.


    A great decade was the 70s.
    The 70s were a great decade.


    I don't know, but to me these examples sound fine.

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil McCauley View Post

    • ten minutes' drive or a ten-minute drive, butnot a ten minutes' drive.


    Could somebody clarify why this is true? 'The station is a ten minutes' drive from...' seems to work to me. Why does the addition of 'a' make it improper?

    Thanks
    Because when you introduce "a" "ten-minute" becomes a compound adjective describing "drive". "A ten-minute drive". Adjectives are invariable (in English).

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    That's great, thanks. So just to be totally clear (sorry to labour the point so much), it should either be:

    • ...is a ten-minute drive...


    or

    • ...is ten-minutes' drive...


    But not "...a ten-minutes' drive..."

    Is that right?

    Many thanks!
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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil McCauley View Post
    ...is ten-minutes' drive...
    I think the hyphen is incorrect here. "Ten minutes' drive".

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    Re: A challenge for expert nitpickers!

    Oh, well now I'm really confused!

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