Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Test correction

  1. #1

    Test correction

    I had a test last week and I had following mistakes.

    Set great store by displaying humility, respect and formality.
    Teacher: set great store by something (=noun)
    They steer clear of showing disagreement directly.
    Teacher: steer clear of sby/sth. eg: try to steer clear of trouble (=noun)

    Our collegues are more common with us and dont stand out in bold relief against us like the Austrians do.
    Teacherīs commentary: I dont know if this idiom exists.

    Would you be so kind and check these mistakes. I strongly question my teacher. I am employed in getting familiar with But it seems to be pretty complicated.

  2. Editor,
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,670

    Re: Test correction

    I wouldn't use the gerund in the first with 'by'. I would say 'set great store on displaying humility' or 'by humility'.
    With the second, I think you can say 'steer clear of doing something' as well as 'of + noun', so I wouldn't mark the second wrong.
    'Bold relief' exists, but the sentence doesn't sound very natural to me. Firstly, 'more common with' doesn't work, and the comparison doesn't work very well- it is mostly used literally, and when it is used figuratively, I think it tends to be used more in the positive to display a contrast, rather than its absence because the use of relief is to povide a contrast.

Similar Threads

  1. How To Prepare for TOEFL test!
    By hunterx in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Oct-2005, 13:37
  2. Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-Sep-2005, 08:06
  3. How can I get my own placement test
    By ngschool in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Aug-2005, 13:32
  4. On Spelling Correction and the Collective Knowledge of Web Users
    By Red5 in forum Text Analysis and Statistics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13-May-2005, 15:55
  5. i need some hints for my final test (ENGLISH TEST)
    By fantomboy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Jan-2005, 15:48


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts