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    The word "random"

    Hello, i was wondering what is exactly the difference of the word random when i use it in two separate sentences like this.

    1)The grades she obtained was not by random, she worked hard for it.

    2)The colours shown on the screen were random, in no apparent order.


    I was marked wrong when my answer was "unpredictable" for both sentences.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: The word "random"

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenithOfEnglish View Post
    Hello, I was wondering what is exactly the difference of the word random when I use it in two separate sentences like this.

    1)The grades she obtained was not by random, she worked hard for it.

    2)The colours shown on the screen were random, in no apparent order.


    I was marked wrong when my answer was "unpredictable" for both sentences.

    Thanks for your help!
    Hello ZenithOfEnglish,
    Welcome to the forum.

    1. without choosing intentionally; by chance
    2. strange or unusual

    (I am not a teacher)

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    Re: The word "random"

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenithOfEnglish View Post
    Hello, i I was wondering what is exactly is the difference of in the word random when i I use it in two separate sentences like this these.

    1)The grades she obtained was not by random, she worked hard for it.
    The grades she obtained were not random, she worked hard for them.

    2)The colours shown on the screen were random, in no apparent order.


    I was marked wrong when my answer was "unpredictable" for both sentences.

    Thanks for your help!
    "unpredictable" seems to be a good choice in that "random" means without bias or plan. Did you construct the sentences or were they given to you?

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    Re: The word "random"

    1)The grades she obtained were not unpredictable, she had worked hard for them.

    2)The colours shown on the screen were random, in no apparent order.
    Both of the above are good.

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    Re: The word "random"

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenithOfEnglish View Post
    Hello, i was wondering what is exactly the difference of the word random when i use it in two separate sentences like this.

    1)The grades she obtained were not by random; she worked hard for them.

    2)The colours shown on the screen were random, in no apparent order.


    I was marked wrong when my answer was "unpredictable" for both sentences.

    Thanks for your help!
    "The grades she obtained were not an accident; she worked hard for them". "Random" doesn't work for me in this sentence, but in 2, random is the correct answer (assuming, of course, that the colours were random).

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