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    Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    Last week, I made up a few sentences and asked my non-native English speaking friends to see if there were any grammar in them. Some said yes and others said no. I am not sure who is correct. These sentences given below are related to education .

    (1) Over the years, many parents have been complaining about the uninteresting ways of teaching mathematics in high school. Recently, a group of math educational researchers has come up with a variety of math activities that transcend boring calculations. These activities currently earn a lot of support from parents, teachers and students.

    (2) Some students who learn physics by memorizing forumulas find it difficult to relate it to real-life applications. Fortunately, the revised physics curricula offer many practical scientific activities that transcend rote learning and help these students understand the practicality of physics more easily.

    Could native English speakers please check my sentences for grammar mistakes? All of my friends and I are non-native English speakers. We cannot come to an agreement on the grammatical correctness of the sentences. Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    (1) Over the years, many parents have been complaining about the uninteresting ways of teaching mathematics in high school. Recently, a group of matheducational researchers has come up with a variety of math activities that transcend boring calculations. These activities currently earn a lot of support from parents, teachers and students.

    It is "maths" for UK, Australia & other Commonwealth countries.

    (2) Some students who learn physics by memorizing forumulasformulae find it difficult to relate it to real-life applications. Fortunately, the revised physics curricula offer many practical scientific activities that transcend rote learning and help these students understand the practicalitypractical aspects of physics more easily.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

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    In addition to the suggestions by tedmc above I would also change "has" to "have" in point (1). You could also remove the repetiton of the word "maths" as it is clear from the context that maths professionals have designed the activities. So I would write something like:

    (1)...... Recently a group of maths educational researchers have come up with a variety of activities that transcend boring calculations.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 04-Jul-2015 at 20:53.

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    #4

    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    "Formulas" is an accepted plural form.
    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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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    (I am not a Teacher. BrE first language speaker.)

    Agreed. But I think "formulae" is often used in the fields of maths, chemistry and related subjects. However, I would agree that in general I would be equally happy to read something which said "mathematical formulas" or "formulae". I suppose it might depend on how technical the writing needs to be?

    In general usage "formulas" probably sounds less pretentious. Whereas in technical or academic papers perhaps it may be more expected to use "formulae"?

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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    Apparently, it is another BrE vs AmE difference.
    https://www.englishforums.com/Englis...xqgxx/post.htm
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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    (Not a Teacher. BrE first language speaker)

    I'm not sure that it is. If you look at the approved answers on the link you posted it says that both forms are acceptable in AmE and BrE. It also says that "formulae" is used in maths or science subjects and "formulas" in most others. This usage is supported by the Oxford English Dictionary definition and it looks like it has the same seal of approval in AmE in order to become an approved answer for both AmE and BrE.

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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    (I am not a Teacher)

    In addition to the suggestions by tedmc above I would also change "has" to "have" in point (1). You could also remove the repetiton of the word "maths" as it is clear from the context that maths professionals have designed the activities. So I would write something like:

    (1)...... Recently a group of maths educational researchers have come up with a variety of activities that transcend boring calculations.
    I would not change "has" to "have". Group is singular.

    The OP used "math" not "maths".

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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    Agreed MikeNewYork. You are quite right, thanks for picking that up.

    I suppose the "math/maths" variation depends on what English variation they would use in Greece. I thought generally that there they would tend to follow BrE and so went with the correction posted by tedmc.

    Is it best practice to always quote the OP?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Are there any grammer mistakes in my sentences related to education?

    One does not always have to quote the OP. But when one tells the OP to not repeat a word, it makes sense to me to use the word they used.

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