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    #1

    in spite of or for lack of?

    They lost the game [ for lack of in spite of through though ] good play .

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    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    They lost the game [ for lack of – in spite of – through – though ] good play .
    Which one do you think it is, and why?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    I would choose in spite of .

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    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    I would choose in spite of .
    That's one choice. The answer depends on whether they played well, though. If they didn't the answer is "for lack of".

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    #5

    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    I've seen teams lose "in spite of" good play, but "for lack of" is probably the expected answer. Poor question.

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    #6

    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    How is the test taker supposed to know whether they played well and still lost, or whether they lost because they played poorly?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    I am working on an exterminating machine to detect moronic test questions and vaporise the people who wrote them. It's in its early days, but I am optimistic. I am posting this as a warning to moronic test-question composers: Mend your ways or risk vaporisation.

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    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am working on an exterminating machine to detect moronic test questions and vaporise the people who wrote them. It's in its early days, but I am optimistic. I am posting this as a warning to moronic test-question composers: Mend your ways or risk vaporisation.
    I will happily assist in its development and I'll certainly buy one when it's ready!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    I hope anyone who makes tests with passive transformation questions that result in sentences no native speaker would ever spontaneously produce are on your list!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in spite of or for lack of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I hope anyone who makes tests with passive transformation questions that result in sentences no native speaker would ever spontaneously produce are on your list!
    What has been hoped by you, having been submitted to the Morons (Vaporisation of) Committee, has been deemed worthy of being considered.

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