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    Arrow Find out what's wrong

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, please read carefully the following statement and tell me what's wrong with it:Students are divided into two groups. One of them begins to repeat their new lesson with teacher. The other one review at the same time their old lessons with each other. Many thanks ahead.

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    Re: Find out what's wrong

    Students are divided into two groups. One (1) of them begins to (2) repeat their new lesson with (3) teacher. The other one (4) review at the same time their old lessons with each other.

    (1) Does "them" refer to groups, or to students? Formally, to "groups", of course, but still potentially unclear. Say "One group"

    (2) You do not "repeat" a new lesson. Say "goes over". "Their" is poor: a group is "it", not "they". Say "the".

    (3) Article required:
    "the teacher".

    One group begins to go over the new lesson with the teacher.

    EVEN BETTER is a complete revision:

    The teacher presents a new lesson to one group.

    (4) "Group" is singular. It either reviews "collectively" "the" (not "their") lessons, or the students in it review "their" lessons "with each other". "One" is not wrong, but for the sake of clarity "group" is better. "At the same time" should probably be put at the beginning, to enhance the contrast; or omitted altogether.

    [At the same time,] the other group reviews the old lessons collectively.

    OR

    [At the same time,] students in the other group review their old lessons with each other.
    Last edited by abaka; 30-Jan-2009 at 02:07. Reason: added variant for first sentence.


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    Re: Find out what's wrong

    GREAT ABAKA>..

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    Re: Find out what's wrong

    Thanks again, abaka. You really did a great job. There's something I'd like to clarify. I mean by " repeat" that students who memorized the new lesson, the teacher wants them to repeat it immediately in the same class. Do you still think " go over" is better?

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    Re: Find out what's wrong

    There are two possibilities:

    A. In order of events: (1) 2 groups form; (2) Teacher presents new lesson to group One; (3) Group One students repeat the lesson to the teacher.

    Then "go over" is the best, because it implies a two-way communication. "Repeat" can be used, but you'd have to specify that the teacher presented the lesson first... too long. So:

    One group goes over the new lesson with the teacher. (Note I've struck "begins to" out, it doesn't seem to add any meaning).

    B. In order of events: (1) Teacher presents new lesson to the entire class; (2) 2 groups form; (3) Group One students repeat the lesson to the teacher.

    In this case, I suppose the fact that the teacher has already presented the lesson has already been mentioned. Then "repeat" makes perfect sense, and so:

    One group repeats the new lesson to the teacher.

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    Smile Re: Find out what's wrong

    Sorry, I didn't provide the whole paragraph. Any way, I wish you keep giving such replies for a long time.

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