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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.

Sparklingbrook Sat 09-Feb-13 11:41:59

9/14. <stands in corner with dunces hat on>

Feenie Sat 09-Feb-13 11:44:31

<stands with Sparkling for mistyping coordinator>

Sparklingbrook Sat 09-Feb-13 11:45:23

<loses points for not noticing mispelling>

Hassled Sat 09-Feb-13 11:46:19

I've let myself down and I've let grammar down.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 09-Feb-13 11:46:26

13 out of 14. Think I got the gerund one wrong.

Pascha Sat 09-Feb-13 11:47:57

11/14. I confused the abstract and collective nouns.

Wallison Sat 09-Feb-13 11:51:14

Full marks. One of the nouns questions was unnecessarily tricky, I think.

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 09-Feb-13 11:54:23

14/14 here too.
But I'm old and have an English degree.

BrianButterfield Sat 09-Feb-13 11:56:09

14/14 - am a secondary English teacher so I should really!

Sparklingbrook Sat 09-Feb-13 11:57:20

I am still bottom of the class. sad I got an English Language A at GCSE many moons ago. I need a refresher course.

shrinkingnora Sat 09-Feb-13 11:58:22

13 - phew. I nearly got 14 but doubted myself.

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sat 09-Feb-13 11:58:45

11. I am a child of the sixties and never had a grammar lesson in my life. I know what sounds right but not why....

Northey Sat 09-Feb-13 12:01:54


Filled with (abstract) pride smile

EmpressMaud Sat 09-Feb-13 12:05:41

I got 14 correct too. I would add that I hadn't come across some of the terms before, but it was just a matter of common sense to quickly work out.
This is year six standard, though?

Ilovewaleswhenitrains Sat 09-Feb-13 12:06:50

10/14, also a child of the '60s so was not taught grammar (I'm also a primary teacher!)

maizieD Sat 09-Feb-13 12:15:52

Forgot that one of the nouns could be collective as well as abstract
Failed the 'active voice' blush

I don't recall my 1960s Grammar School's English grammar lessons going into quite such technical detail. Certainly didn't have to know this sort of thing for the 11+.

Poor Y6ssad

Dillydollydaydream Sat 09-Feb-13 12:15:56


thornrose Sat 09-Feb-13 12:16:21

I scored 9 (I'm a TA blush) using mainly common sense and what "felt" right. I don't remember being taught grammar (beyond the very basics) at school.

Sparklingbrook Sat 09-Feb-13 12:19:10

<hugs thorn>

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Sat 09-Feb-13 12:20:50


<punches air>

HugAndRoll Sat 09-Feb-13 12:22:23

11/14 I got the three before the last question wrong.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Sat 09-Feb-13 12:22:34

I learned more about grammar from learning foreign languages than I did in English lessons.

thornrose Sat 09-Feb-13 12:22:57

This dunces hat is bloody uncomfortable.

bruffin Sat 09-Feb-13 12:23:15

10 another child of the 60s not taught grammar at all at school.

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