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 17:14. Reason: Typo
Would anyone please help me with this?
What about the other answers, why they are wrong?
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.
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
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".