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    Question Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Teacher, would appreciate your help regarding explaining the answers here. We are asked to choose the underlined phrase which would not be appropriate for standard written English.


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

    2- It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the part.

    3- I have recently read the article to which my linguistics professor referred to in his final lecture.

    4- Although he only makes $500 monthly, he manages to support his family adequately.

    5- If anyone happens to call while I am out of the office, please have them leave a message for me.
    Last edited by easybreakable; 11-Dec-2011 at 18:14. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    Teacher, would appreciate your help regarding explaning the answers here. We are asked to choose the underlined phrase which would not be appropriate for standard written English.


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

    2- It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the part.

    3- I have recently read the article to which my linguistics professor referred to in his final lecture.

    4- Although he only makes $500 monthly, he manages to support his family adequately.

    5- If anyone happens to call while I am out of the office, please have them leave a message for me.
    Try again. #3 is OK.

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    Lightbulb Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Try again. #3 is OK.


    I have already tried and checked my mistakes. The model answers are in red and I need someone to explain them to me.

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Would anyone please help me with this?

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    Teacher, would appreciate your help regarding explaining the answers here. We are asked to choose the underlined phrase which would not be appropriate for standard written English.


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

    2- It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the part.

    3- I have recently read the article to which my linguistics professor referred to in his final lecture.

    4- Although he only makes $500 monthly, he manages to support his family adequately.

    5- If anyone happens to call while I am out of the office, please have them leave a message for me.
    #3 - Repetition of the word "to". It already says "to which" so you don't need "to" after "referred".

    Either " ... which my linguistics professor referred to in his final lecture" or "... to which my linguistics professor referred in his final lecture".

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    What about the other answers, why they are wrong?

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    I suppose that in #1 they might be looking for "would get" instead of "will get", but I can't see anything wrong with 2, 4, and 5.

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Thank you

    I have been thinking for the last two days, I can say it's the most confusing pattern of questions in the TOFEL regarding "Structure and Written Expression", indeed ONLY luck and guessing have to do with this

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    Re: Further explanation - TOFEL prcatice

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    Teacher, would appreciate your help regarding explaining the answers here. We are asked to choose the underlined phrase which would not be appropriate for standard written English.


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

    2- It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the part.

    3- I have recently read the article to which my linguistics professor referred to in his final lecture.

    4- Although he only makes $500 monthly, he manages to support his family adequately.

    5- If anyone happens to call while I am out of the office, please have them leave a message for me.
    As far as 2, 4 and 5 are concerned:

    2: "It was inconsiderate of him not to tell Mary and us ..." is the only suggestion I can come up with.
    4: No, actually, I can't work out what's meant to be wrong with "only". I was going to suggest that "adequately" might be redundant because it says he "manages to support". My one suggestion is word order. Perhaps they want it to read "Although he makes only $500 ..."
    5. If "have them" had been underlined, I might have understood it because some teachers don't like that construction. It could have said "... please ask them to leave a message ..." but I can't see a problem with just the word "them".

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