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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.

JenaiMorris Sun 10-Feb-13 18:12:42

Please nobody search my posting history to prove me wrong grin

JenaiMorris Sun 10-Feb-13 18:00:23

My grammar isn't that dreadful irl, despite having scored an embarrassing 7.

10 and guessed most of them based on common sense. Totally forgot pride is a collective noun even though I didn't know what a collective noun was five minutes ago.

tasmaniandevilchaser Sun 10-Feb-13 17:44:37

14 phew! As a former EFL teacher and foreign language student I would've been pretty embarrassed at much less

Trills Sun 10-Feb-13 17:44:29

I'm not really sure that knowing that a particular part of speech is called a gerund is necessary in order to be able to use it correctly.

(I agree with posadas)

Lizzabadger Sun 10-Feb-13 17:43:49

14 and ain't studied English since 'O' level

mrz Sun 10-Feb-13 17:35:46

The test Y6 children will sit in May requires them to know the terms. It replaces the writing test which required them to use grammar correctly hmm

posadas Sun 10-Feb-13 17:17:37

I scored 14...
but I don't think it's a good test.
While I'm sure it's useful for children to learn the names of parts of speech (gerund, active voice, etc), it's far more important to know how to write correctly. A better test would be to describe a situation -- ie Last year, we visited my grandmother during the summer holiday -- then ask which sentence would be a grammatically correct follow-on: a) I am happy to see her; b) I was happy to see her; c) I will be happy to see her. That example is too simple for Y6 but the general idea -- ie getting students to identify correct grammar -- would, I think, be a better test than simply knowing that one sentence is present tense and one is past tense, etc...

BrigitBigKnickers Sun 10-Feb-13 16:39:47

14/14 but only because I teach deaf kids and probably know more about grammar than the average bod.

dramajustfollowsme Sun 10-Feb-13 13:17:50

14/14! I am a primary teacher but maths was always stronger than language for me. smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 10-Feb-13 13:07:50

Ah... Thanks Jenai. Now I'm just blush

So I'm learning the same things at university that 10 year olds are learning??

<Cries at wasted tuition fees>

JenaiMorris Sun 10-Feb-13 12:58:36

Y6 is fourth/top year juniors SayCool, in old money.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 10-Feb-13 12:55:47

Having just read back through the thread..... What age is Year 6? When I was at school, Year 6 was the final year of school, i.e. GCSE year. Are they aiming this at 10/11 year olds then? In which case I am shock

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 10-Feb-13 12:47:18

I got 13 blush but in my defence I didn't read the question properly....

I'm studying English language at degree level, and half of these questions would not be out of place in one of my assignments. I didn't know what a gerund is until I started my course - I don't remember going into so much grammatical detail when I was at school (nineties).

I don't know what the current Y6 English curriculum is like, but either my degree is too easy or this is way beyond Y6. I would not have been able to pass this test when I was 15/16.

SnowLeopard27 Sun 10-Feb-13 12:28:55

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Arseface Sun 10-Feb-13 02:58:44

14 - but am a journo, editor and huge fusspot!

Agree the collective noun was a bit of a trick question and not strictly a test of grammar.

Have sent the link to Fil, who will thoroughly enjoy both the quiz and the opportunity to bond over lack of proper grammatical instruction in schools today.

Jojobump1986 Sun 10-Feb-13 01:31:09

11, but partly because I didn't read the first question properly & partly because I assumed some of them were trick questions when I actually knew the right answer! No idea what a gerund is though - but I still got that one right! confused

KatieMiddleton Sun 10-Feb-13 01:18:16

10 here and I have an English degree with a creative writing element blush I also have A* English Language GCSE, my mother was a teacher and I've had quite a lot of my writing published at work!! I'd never even heard of some of the terms mentioned although I puzzled most of them out.

In my defence I was never taught grammar at school past the very basics. I learnt more doing Latin and German. I'm a product of 1980s and 90s school education.

I'll add learning more about grammar to my Things-I-Would-Like-To-Do-Better list, along with brushing up my French, German and crafty stuff. Luckily my understanding of punctuation was good.

FrankWippery Sun 10-Feb-13 00:52:46

14/14 and another with Latin as a compulsory subject from Lower Fifth to 'O' Level. I am a huge pedant though, so would have been horribly disappointed to get anything below top marks.

GW297 Sun 10-Feb-13 00:35:58

I didn't know what a gerund was either. Glad I'm not the only one!

TheOldestCat Sat 09-Feb-13 23:28:40

14, but only because I work as an editor and studied language as well as literature for my English degree.

I didn't learn much about grammar until university - and then much of it was taught through other languages (eg 'you see how this works in french'). So I'm glad that grammar lessons are back.

80sMum Sat 09-Feb-13 23:13:32

12. Oh dear!
I went to school in the 1960s when the formal teaching of grammar had evidently gone out of fashion, so I was never taught it. I didn't even know what a pronoun was until I started going to French classes in my early 30s and learned French grammar!

SanityClause Sat 09-Feb-13 23:05:09

I got 13, but realised at the end I had forgotten the second meaning of pride. Silly of me, because it was obvious that one of the answers was going to be "abstract and collective", from the way the other questions were written.

catladycourtney1 Sat 09-Feb-13 23:05:02

14/14. I'm a child of the 90s but I can't really remember being taught grammar, besides a couple of lessons on passive and active voice when I was too young to really understand it. A lot of it is common sense, like others have said.

theweekendisnear Sat 09-Feb-13 22:58:22

12/14. I'm a foreigner.

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