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Test your grammar - Guardian test

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Feenie Sat 09-Feb-13 11:39:14

Am relieved I scored 14 out of 14, since I am a Literacy cordinator!

I only knew what a gerund was because I remembered it from the English Language unit I had to study for my Lit degree - not sure it is of much use to your average 11 year old, really.

StuntNun Sat 09-Feb-13 12:23:30

I didn't learn any of that stuff in school, I didn't even know English had gerunds. My education was pitiful in that respect.

openerofjars Sat 09-Feb-13 12:25:59

11 out of 14 which is shameful for an English teacher but I am seriously hungover.

cumbrialass Sat 09-Feb-13 12:26:03

14/14, year 6 teacher and Latin O Level ( nearly 40 years ago mind!)

Polishes halo grin

DeepRedBetty Sat 09-Feb-13 12:26:24

13 and I fell over on the gerund. I got an A for O level English (shows age), but we didn't 'do' gerunds. They seem to be an attempt to make English follow the grammatical rules of Latin, and if Y6 are meant to know what they are in English then hats off to them.

IAmLouisWalsh Sat 09-Feb-13 12:26:50

14/14. Phew.

mrz Sat 09-Feb-13 12:28:03

Full marks but the polar bear sentence was very odd IMHO

BalloonSlayer Sat 09-Feb-13 12:28:25

I got 13 out of 14! But it was really 12, as I didn't have a scooby about the gerund one and I guessed, and my guess was right.

DeepRedBetty Sat 09-Feb-13 12:28:44

CumbriaLass I've got Latin O level too. But I think I got it for winging it with the Social History paper and the lucky chance that the only two of Pliny's letters I got round to revising were the two that came up.

Parisbanana Sat 09-Feb-13 12:29:36

I got 10. The first 10. I think I have a very good working knowledge of grammar, just don't know the names of things. I know we were never taught names when learning English in primary school, I learnt any names of grammatical stuff when doing MFL at secondary.
Oh and recently learnt what a subordinate clause is from 10 year old ds!

bruffin Sat 09-Feb-13 12:31:37

Ds 17 is dyslexic so has problems got 11so show how bad the 60/70s were for teaching grammar.

eminemmerdale Sat 09-Feb-13 12:34:43

13 grin Did English at O and A level in v distant past..

JenaiMorris Sat 09-Feb-13 12:34:50

My score is lower than any of yours blush

Under 10!

Cat98 Sat 09-Feb-13 12:36:51

Ok - 11 out of 14 but that is probably shameful as I have an English lit degree!

tak1ngchances Sat 09-Feb-13 12:38:10

14. But I have ended relationships over misplaced apostrophes, so I'd be a hypocrite and a half if I'd scored any less

JenaiMorris Sat 09-Feb-13 12:38:50

I'd add the 80s to that bruffin - I didn't start school until 1977.

Salbertina Sat 09-Feb-13 12:48:01

13 and blush with myself...

LindyHemming Sat 09-Feb-13 12:48:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JenaiMorris Sat 09-Feb-13 12:50:04

I don't know what most of the grammar terms actually mean!

I am a graduate in my 40s. There is no hope for me is there?

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 09-Feb-13 12:51:08

13/14, didn't know what a gerund was (first year GCSEs here)

DreamsTurnToGoldDust Sat 09-Feb-13 12:54:44

Well I scored 6, there I said it and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I am a child of the failed 70s comps. I worked hard independently from school in my late 20s and managed to get a good degree, but I'll admit the grammar questions passed me by.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 09-Feb-13 12:55:00

14/14. [smug]

I was taught English grammar at school (in the 1970s), also learned Latin, which helped.

Salbertina Sat 09-Feb-13 12:55:34

I went to a crappy 80s comp (thanks parents!) all my grammar knowledge from teacher training much later!

dikkertjedap Sat 09-Feb-13 12:56:53

14/14 - would have been worrying otherwise as I am a primary school teacher grin

RememberingMyPFEs Sat 09-Feb-13 13:01:44

11/14. Got truth and pride the wrong way round and had no idea on Gerund. hmm

notnowImreading Sat 09-Feb-13 13:02:34

14. English teacher. Hurrah for the teachers - we seem to be doing well.

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