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    Question Political ferment or fermentation?

    This question appeared in a job exam of my country.

    Identify the sentence(s) that is/ are showing correct use of the word 'ferment'.

    1. The political fermentation produced new leadership.

    2. The Middle East has been fermenting for a quite long time.

    3. The milk has defermented.

    Sentence 3 is wrong, and '2' is correct. But I am confused with option '1'. I found in google 'fermentation' means 'unrest'. In this sense political fermentation makes sense. But I didn't found the expression 'political fermentation' in any single sentence instead I found 'political ferment' in several sentences. is the the expression 'political fermentation' correct in this sentence? If not, what is the correct form of the sentence '1'?

    N.B. Answer is given 1 and 2 in my guide book.
    Last edited by Ishmam; 19-Oct-2019 at 20:50.

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    Re: Political ferment or fermentation?

    Three things.

    One, I would think an election would produce new leadership. Or a coup. Not political ferment.

    Two, sentence two has two words that are transposed. Can you tell me what they are?

    Three, what job exam asks such questions?
    Not a professional teacher

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    Re: Political ferment or fermentation?

    political ferment sounds okay to me for sentence 1. political fermentation does not, so contrary to your answer key I would judge 1 to be an incorrect usage.

    Would that show the employers of that particular job that my English is not at a sufficient level to be considered for employment? What kind of job would this test be used for?

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    Re: Political ferment or fermentation?

    Article 'a' should come after 'quite', shouldn't it?

    Question appeared in a private bank job examination

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    Re: Political ferment or fermentation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ishmam View Post
    Article 'a' should come after 'quite', shouldn't it?

    The question appeared in a private bank job examination.
    Note my corrections to your second sentence above.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Oct-2019 at 14:16. Reason: Oops
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Political ferment or fermentation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ishmam View Post
    Article 'a' should come after 'quite', shouldn't it?
    Yes, that's right. Sentence 2 should read ... quite a long time.

    Question appeared in a private bank job examination
    That's a relief—I never wanted a job in a bank, anyway!

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