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    #1

    Is this sentence ok?

    Can you understand it? Any comments will be welcome.

    The oral grades given on this test are based on the performance observed at the presentation of the play "The Landlords".

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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    The oral grades given on this test are based on the performance observed at the presentation of the play "The Landlords".

    The oral grades given on this test are based on the performances observed during the presentation of the play "The Landlords".

    Each student acts a part and gets a grade.
    Grades are given for performances, a grade is given for a performance.

    I prefer 'during' to 'at', as it indicates the fact that the performances were observed over a period of time. But at is not wrong.


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    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    Yes, "The oral grades given on this test are based on the performances observed during the presentation of the play "The Landlords" is more better.

    Pedroski's remarks are make sense.

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    #4

    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Can you understand it? Any comments will be welcome.

    The oral grades given on this test are based on the performance observed at the presentation of the play "The Landlords".
    I'd prefer:
    The grades given for this oral test are based ...
    unless there are written grades for the test too.
    The grades given for this test are based on the oral performance ... unless grades are also given for non-oral performance.

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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    But, I still think the original is an acceptable sentence. A nice one, even.

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    #6

    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    I agree with Ray. The oral grades for the test sound to me as though the teacher is saying the grade out loud. The grade is given orally, not a grade for an oral test.

    Logic wins out - you still know what is meant, but grades for the oral test is better, in my opinion.

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    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by aliensong View Post
    Yes, "The oral grades given on this test are based on the performances observed during the presentation of the play "The Landlords" is more better.

    Pedroski's remarks are make sense.

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    Re: Is this sentence ok?

    Also, if you teach language, you'd never think "oral grades" mean grades given orallly, given the context. Oral is a better verb than verbal, as verbal means through words, oral means via the mouth, in terms of language performance. In science, would you think a laboratory grade was a grade posted in the lab, and an exam grade was a grade posted in the exam room? :)

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