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PanicMode Mon 15-Apr-13 09:49:13

I thought my grammar was fairly solid, but was quite shocked by the result.

LilyAmaryllis Mon 15-Apr-13 12:56:48

Yes xxDebStarxx I was at secondary school between 1984 - 1989. Was it really during "saint" Maggie's time that it was decreed that school children should not learn grammar?

Trills Mon 15-Apr-13 13:08:33

The point is that properly constructed sentences make sense and don't leave ambiguity about what you mean (except where that is your intention).

Yes. That.

(neither of those were proper sentences, but I think they communicate my agreement in a clear and unambiguous manner smile )

WMittens Mon 15-Apr-13 13:22:05

From the explanations:

7. “Come and sit near me.”

"Near" is an preposition governing the pronoun “me”.

I feel perfectly justified in doubting the integrity of this quiz, and thus my abysmal score is not representative.

somebloke123 Mon 15-Apr-13 14:08:46

Also in the first question, no one apart from a complete anal retentive would ever say "Do you see whom I see".

Grammar rules are not totally immutable and self consistent. The ultimate test is how they read or how they sound to the ear.

Suzieismyname Mon 15-Apr-13 14:49:22

Er, this is Pedants' Corner, somebloke!
I disagree with your 'ultimate test'. Most of my inlaws would say, "Have you drawed a nice picture?", or "I haven't broke it.". Just because someone says something in a particular way all the time, it doesn't mean that they are correct!

somebloke123 Mon 15-Apr-13 15:10:55

Suzie - yes I agree there, but I do think that language is not all logical. For example the phrase "by and large" or the statement "It's early days yet" are both widely accepted correct idioms - and not just regionalisms or slang, and yet when you try to analyse them they don't make sense.

I tend to draw a parallel with music. There are rules of harmony and the default position is to obey them, but the tutored ear is the final judge.

I certainly wouldn't interpret this as an "anything goes" attitude. I do think knowledge of the rules is important, even if you end up breaking them on occasion.

I quite like "Fowler's Modern English Usage" on this issue. His discussion of the split infinitive is particularly good I think.

BOF Mon 15-Apr-13 17:11:56

I do like that phrase "the tutored ear"...yes, I agree with that.

PanicMode Mon 15-Apr-13 19:19:47

I too, like the "tutored ear". I think that sums up how grammar should work quite nicely. (Poor sentence construction but am catching up and dashing out of the door.....)

HorryIsUpduffed Mon 15-Apr-13 19:52:30

The only one I dropped was the "first(ly)" one. Some of them represent major bugbears.

The Evelyn question was awful. It would have been much more natural without the names:

This is my sister, who lives in New York, my brother who doesn't, and my only other sibling.

The final sibling is both male and an inhabitant of New York.

MirandaGoshawk Mon 15-Apr-13 22:15:22

75% Yay! guessed some

MirandaGoshawk Mon 15-Apr-13 22:17:08

Agree with Senua about 'directly'. Unless they think 'directly' has the West Country meaning of 'now' hmm

duchesse Thu 18-Apr-13 07:54:40

Miranda- as in: "Be 'long dreckly", often heard around these parts?

Habbibu Thu 18-Apr-13 08:04:44

Have you read about the guy who set the test? It explains a lot. He's essentially a Latinist who has set himself up as an authority on English grammar, and is much beloved of Michael Gove and Prince Charles.

somebloke123 Thu 18-Apr-13 10:09:52

Well he does happen to be the best teacher in the world (in the opinion of Himself).

prism Fri 19-Apr-13 14:03:50

Looks like a bit of linguistic willy waving from someone who knows a lot of Latin and probably wishes we still spoke it.

Can't take that sibling question seriously at all. hmm

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