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    Smile accuracy or precision?

    Here is a test on vocabulary selection, cited from an exercise book of CATTI (China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters) level 2.

    A somewhat singular and solitary person, he demonstrated early in his life a capacity for hard work, long hours, and ______. Almost a personification of the Protestant work ethic, Thorndike simply abhorred making even the slightest error and consequently was always striving for perfection in his work.

    A. accuracy B. precision C. vision D. permission

    My own answer is accuracy, but the book's answer for reference is B. I hope you teachers could give me some explain. Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: accuracy or precision?

    I'll probably begin with Thorndike and find out how accuracy and precision could differ in his trade.

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    Re: accuracy or precision?

    I would accept either answer, but I prefer "precision".

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    #4

    Re: accuracy or precision?

    I like precision as well, because precision is about being repeatably on target. But I doubt most native speakers know the technical differences between "precision" and "accuracy."

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    #5

    Re: accuracy or precision?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I prefer "precision".
    So di I- as Thorndike disliked even the slightest error, precision fits better IMO.

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    Re: accuracy or precision?

    Thanks to all....

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