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    stop eating your granny

    Hello everyone,

    A bit of fun.
    Yesterday my students took a module test in English. One of the tasks was to substitute the underlines words with the idioms we studied. Here is the sentence:
    Stop bothering your granny. She is old and needs a rest.
    The idioms from the list:
    Drive smb up a wall annoy smb greatly
    Eating smb bothering or worrying smb
    All in all, there were 15 idioms on the test. When I started grading their answer sheets, I was a bit surprised.
    80% chose this variant Stop eating your granny.
    Knowing that they are diligent and hard-working students, I asked the reason why?
    The answer was simple enough - eating smb is the only expression we have not used yet from unit 9.
    So now I have to correct a lot of cannibalistic answers.

    Regards,

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    Re: stop eating your granny

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello everyone,

    A bit of fun.
    Yesterday my students took a module test in English. One of the tasks was to substitute the underlines words with the idioms we studied. Here is the sentence:
    Stop bothering your granny. She is old and needs a rest.
    The idioms from the list:
    Drive smb up a wall – annoy smb greatly
    Eating smb – bothering or worrying smb
    All in all, there were 15 idioms on the test. When I started grading their answer sheets, I was a bit surprised.
    80% chose this variant – Stop eating your granny.
    Knowing that they are diligent and hard-working students, I asked the reason why?
    The answer was simple enough - eating smb is the only expression we have not used yet from unit 9.
    So now I have to correct a lot of cannibalistic answers.

    Regards,
    Hi,

    What is 'smb'?
    We've been here before. If you mean 'somebody', which I think you may, why not use the full word rather than confuse the matter with abbreviations which are not immediately obvious and akin to text chat which we don't approve here.

    Regards
    Last edited by Richard1; 17-Jan-2011 at 00:54.

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    Re: stop eating your granny

    Sorry about that.

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