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EFL4Life



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

piglet44 wrote:
Asking EFL4Life why he/she would be concerned about a grammar test...


piglet,

re-read my post/question.

I never stated I was concerned.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRH wrote:
Perhaps efl4life is questioning whether a grammar test is indicative of who makes the best teacher.


No, I was not questioning that.

I asked a "yes" or "no" question.

There are 3 possible answers: yes, no, I don't know.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair enough Very Happy
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I'm With Stupid



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

piglet44 wrote:
Why would that be a bad thing if you purport to be a teacher of Eng. Lang?

It depends who wrote the grammar test. Have you seen some of the tests the students come into class with from their public schools?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRH wrote:
Perhaps efl4life is questioning whether a grammar test is indicative of who makes the best teacher.

There are twelve or thirteen tenses in English, depending on whether you consider the "going to" construct a distinct tense from the "will" of the simple future. I wonder how many reading this forum can name all of them and give examples right off the top of their heads. I know that I can't. The reason is that we routinely use only five of them. I read once that 60% of the verbs in written English are simple past. When was the last time you used the future perfect continuous?

Strictly speaking there are 2 tenses in English: present and past. Everything else is aspects or modals.

With the extremely rare grammatical forms, there is a good argument to ignore them completely. There are far higher frequency items that students would probably get more use out of practicing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm With Stupid wrote:
With the extremely rare grammatical forms, there is a good argument to ignore them completely. There are far higher frequency items that students would probably get more use out of practicing.
Great minds think alike. Shocked
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