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    Lightbulb Why am I wrong? Is it a Grammatical error or cultural error

    Hi All,

    Please help me with this...

    I told a school principal to answer these questions

    1. I couldn't find my keys anywhere, I ____________ have left it at work?

    a. Would b. Must c. Had d. May

    I gave the answer as Must have but the argument is why can't it be May or would....

    2. According to Paul's _________________ the flight takes off at 7 am.

    a. Knowledge b. opinion c. Information d. statement

    I gave the answer as Information however the argument is why not Knowledge???

    Please help me out

    Many Thanks in advance


    Daniel

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    Re: Why am I wrong? Is it a Grammatical error or cultural error

    First of all, you should not have "told" a principal to do anything. You should have asked.

    Both questions are problematic.

    In the first, the question is a comma splice. After anywhere, there should be a semicolon or a full stop/period. And it should not end with a question mark. The pronoun is incorrect. "It" cannot stand in for "keys". The pronoun should be "them". Lastly, there are two correct answers, B and D, but none of the answers should be capitalized.

    In the second, all four answers are arguably correct. However, neither A or C should be capitalized.

    Where did you get these questions?

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    Re: Why am I wrong? Is it a Grammatical error or cultural error

    The answers you were given are the most natural or most likely. Many, if not all, of the other options are grammatically possible.

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    Re: Why am I wrong? Is it a Grammatical error or cultural error

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    First of all, you should not have "told" a principal to do anything. You should have asked.

    Both questions are problematic.

    In the first, the question is a comma splice. After anywhere, there should be a semicolon or a full stop/period. And it should not end with a question mark. The pronoun is incorrect. "It" cannot stand in for "keys". The pronoun should be "them". Lastly, there are two correct answers, B and D, but none of the answers should be capitalized.

    In the second, all four answers are arguably correct. However, neither A or C should be capitalized.

    Where did you get these questions?

    Hi Mike,

    I know the question is framed wrong this is exactly how it appeared on the question paper

    "I can't find my keys anywhere - I .......... have left them at work.

    How can I argue that we should only use Must as the best answer.....

    Second question:- This is how it appears on the question paper

    According to Richard's ...... the train leaves at 7 0'clock

    How can I argue that Information is the best answer instead of other options like Knowledge, advice, opinion

    Please help me to get out of this....

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Why am I wrong? Is it a Grammatical error or cultural error

    I will repeat Mike's question "Where did you find these sentences?" Simply saying "... the question paper" is of no help. What question paper? What exam? Who set it? What kind of exam? Local or national? International?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why am I wrong? Is it a Grammatical error or cultural error

    You cannot argue that you should only use one answer as the best answer if cases can be made for other options.The questions are, as Mike says, problematic. Therefore, the logical position is to accept more than one answer where this is possible. If the question is at fault,no one should be punished for giving a correct answer.

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