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    #1

    difficult v. demanding v.hard v. severe

    The test was so severe that only one student exceeded 50% among twenty.

    Twenty: is intended to mean twenty students.

    Which of the following are idiomatic, correct and in the same sense as the original?

    1) The test was so severe that only one student exceeded 50% among twenty (original itself)

    2) The test was so hard that only one student exceeded 50% among twenty (alternative)

    3) The test was so difficult that only one student exceeded 50% among twenty.

    4) The test was so demanding that only one student exceeded 50% among twenty.

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    #2

    Re: difficult v. demanding v.hard v. severe

    Writing among twenty after 50% makes the reader connect the two figures. Write Only one of the twenty or one in twenty (depending on exactly what you mean) students scored above 50%.
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    #3

    Re: difficult v. demanding v.hard v. severe

    Which of the following are idiomatic, correct and in the same sense with each other?

    1) The test was so severe that only one of the twenty student scored above 50% (original itself)

    2) The test was so difficult that only one of the twenty student scored above 50%

    3) The test was so demanding that only one of the twenty student scored above 50%

    4) The test was so hard that only one of the twenty student scored above 50%

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    Re: difficult v. demanding v.hard v. severe

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Which of the following are idiomatic, correct and in the same sense with each mean the same as the others?

    1) The test was so severe that only one of the twenty students scored above 50%. (original itself)

    2) The test was so difficult that only one of the twenty students scored above 50%.

    3) The test was so demanding that only one of the twenty students scored above 50%.

    4) The test was so hard that only one of the twenty students scored above 50%.

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    See above. If you change "student" to "students" and end each one with a full stop, 2, 3 and 4 are correct. Using "severe" doesn't work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: difficult v. demanding v.hard v. severe

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above. If you change "student" to "students" and end each one with a full stop, 2, 3 and 4 are correct. Using "severe" doesn't work.
    Would like to simply explain why severe doesn't work here?

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    Re: difficult v. demanding v.hard v. severe

    We simply don't describe tests as severe.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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