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    #1

    Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    Is the sentence correct?

    Mia got a goose egg by cheating on the math test.

    A goose egg means 0 points.
    So the sentence can be rewrite as below:

    Mia got zero by cheating on the math test.

    Thank you
    Last edited by dido4; 24-Jun-2014 at 13:39.

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    #2

    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    Grammatically, the words appear to be in the right order and fit all correct constructions but I have no idea what it means. Why would someone receive a goose egg? What does a goose egg have to do with a maths test?

    Edit: The OP added the explanation to post #1 after I posted this.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Jun-2014 at 13:44.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    A goose egg means 0 points.
    So the sentence can be rewrite as below:

    Mia got zero by cheating on the math test.

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    #4

    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    It's round, like a zero. It's slang for zero.

    It's only used informally - the other team scored seven runs and we came up with a big old goose egg.

    I wouldn't use it for a grade on a test.

    I'd say "She got a zero" because that's what was recorded in the grade book.

    Mom, I got a 98 on my science test.
    I see you got only a 77 on your math test.
    These are American uses - I know that other dialects use different terms for school grades/marks, etc.
    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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    #5

    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    I don't think that phrase is used in BrE.

    I also don't see why anyone would cheat in order to obtain a score of zero. Do you mean that she cheated on the maths test (so presumably she was initially given quite a good score) but someone found out that she cheated and her score was changed to zero as a punishment for cheating?

    She got a zero by cheating = She cheated in order to get a zero.
    She got a zero for cheating = Her punishment for cheating was a zero score.
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    #6

    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    I am not a teacher.

    Or perhaps she is so inept that despite cheating she still got a zero.

    I wouldn't say, "...cheating on the math test." I would say, "...cheating in the maths test."

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    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    An American would say "cheating on the math test."
    She got a zero for cheating on the math test.
    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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    #8

    Re: Mia got a goose egg by cheating...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think that phrase is used in BrE.
    Oxford have it down as American: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...lish/goose-egg

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