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    Arrow help to devise a question

    Hi everybody,

    I'm intending to ask a person who had test whether he had a good grade or not. However I'd like to know about the test itself.

    Can I ask: "How the test was?"
    Is this question correct?

    Thanks,

    Falcon

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    Re: help to devise a question

    You can ask "How was the test?" (note the word order) but that asks about the test itself. Was it hard? Was it easy? It doesn't ask how the person did.

    "How did you do on the test?" asks whether the person did well or not.

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    Re: help to devise a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I'm intending to ask a person who had test whether he had a good grade or not. However I'd like to know about the test itself.

    Can I ask: "How the test was?"
    Is this question correct?

    Thanks,

    Falcon
    Hi, Falcon!

    You can kill two birds with one stone by asking: "Was the test difficult and how did you do?"

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Re: help to devise a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You can ask "How was the test?" (note the word order) but that asks about the test itself. Was it hard? Was it easy? It doesn't ask how the person did.

    "How did you do on the test?" asks whether the person did well or not.

    [not a teacher]


    Yep! It is the question!!
    I was in doubt about how to use "was" in this question. So, the order is "was" coming first and NOT in the end of the sentence as I did.

    Thank you for helping.

    Falcon

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    Re: help to devise a question

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, Falcon!

    You can kill two birds with one stone by asking: "Was the test difficult and how did you do?"

    Cheers,
    Amigos4
    Yes, thanks.

    Interesting the idiom you have used - "kill two birds with one stone". We have similar phrase around here (in Brazil).

    Falcon

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    Re: help to devise a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Yes, thanks.

    Interesting the idiom you have used - "kill two birds with one stone". We have similar phrase around here (in Brazil).

    Falcon
    Falcon,

    What is the idiom that is used in Brazil?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Re: help to devise a question

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    Falcon,

    What is the idiom that is used in Brazil?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4
    I'm not sure if I going to say it correctly in English but I'll try...

    "kill two rabbits with only one baton"

    Cheers

    Falcon

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    Re: help to devise a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    I'm not sure if I going to say it correctly in English but I'll try...

    "kill two rabbits with only one baton"

    Cheers

    Falcon
    Yes, Falcon! I understand the meaning of the idiom! You expressed it correctly!

    Poor animals always seem to appear in idioms, don't they?
    ("The early bird catches the worm!" "That's a horse of a different color!")

    Cheers,
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    Re: help to devise a question

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Yes, Falcon! I understand the meaning of the idiom! You expressed it correctly!

    Poor animals always seem to appear in idioms, don't they?
    ("The early bird catches the worm!" "That's a horse of a different color!")

    Cheers,
    Amigos4
    Yeah...

    "one swallow doens't make a summer", etc, ect...

    Falcon

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