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POLL: How incorrect is your English?

Discussion in 'Whatnots' started by chevalier, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. chevalier

    chevalier Knight of Everfull Chalice ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/Features/Quiz/Quiz.aspx?QuizID=51

    (Edit: only this one in the poll, the spelling ones depend too much on whether you've ever seen the words in the first place)

    Damn those bastards. They caught me on one. 9/10. You?

    A spelling one:
    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/Features/Quiz/Quiz.aspx?QuizID=103

    Again, they got me. 14/15. You?

    Another spelling one:
    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/Features/Quiz/Quiz.aspx?QuizID=71

    7 :shame:

    One more spelling quiz:

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/Features/Quiz/Quiz.aspx?QuizID=36

    Again, failed one. 14/15.

    [ December 13, 2003, 00:21: Message edited by: chevalier ]

    Poll Information
    This poll contains 1 question(s). 36 user(s) have voted.
    You may not view the results of this poll without voting.

    Poll Results: How incorrect is your English? (36 votes.)

    How incorrect is your English? (Choose 1)
    * 10 - 8% (3)
    * 9 - 19% (7)
    * 8 - 19% (7)
    * 7 - 28% (10)
    * 6 - 11% (4)
    * 5 - 3% (1)
    * 4 - 3% (1)
    * 3 - 0% (0)
    * 2 - 0% (0)
    * 1 - 0% (0)
    * 0 - 6% (2)
    * Results, please. - 3% (1)
     
  2. Master of Nuhn

    Master of Nuhn Wear it like a crown Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!)

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    9/10

    That surprises me! :)
    Had to think about the affect/effect/infect-one.
    The Lay/Laid/Lied-question was the only one I had wrong.

    Quite tricky, IMO.
     
  3. Blackthorne TA

    Blackthorne TA Master in his Own Mind Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!)

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    Woohoo! 10. But I suppose that's to be expected given that I've been a native speaker of English for 30-some years. :)

    I had to think about the "lay" question, so on a different day maybe I wouldn't have gotten that one right.

    EDIT:
    12/15 on the second
    9/10 on the third
    14/15 on the fourth.

    [ December 13, 2003, 00:32: Message edited by: Blackthorne TA ]
     
  4. dman18 Gems: 9/31
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    First one: 7
    Second: 10 :nolike:
    Third: 6 :sosad:

    I screwed up bad man... but i think on the poll I put 6 instead of 7.
     
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    First: 7
    Second: 15
    Third: 9
    Fourth: 15

    Though it's possible some of my mistakes can be attributed to language and spelling differences between the Usa and Australia.
     
  6. Rotku

    Rotku I believe I can fly Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    8 on the first :D
    And then the others can go with out been said :p
    Yes, they where that low.
    Spelling's never been my stronge point, but like Aldarzar did, I'll blame the US spelling, that's always been.. different. ;)
     
  7. Manus Gems: 13/31
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    Yeah, I was looking for the option which said "None of these stupid ways is the way you spell stupid mediaeval you big stupid head" But it wasn't there so I quit.

    The grammer test was good. We don't actually get taught grammer over here, so it was nice to see the reasons for the different habits we are taught.

    Only got 7/10 I think, I outsmarted myself a couple of times by always chosing the fanciest phrase. Ahh well, that'll learn me :D
     
  8. dmc

    dmc Speak softly and carry a big briefcase Staff Member Distinguished Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    Grrr.
    9, 14, 9, 14

    Can't believe that I missed one on each of these.
     
  9. Hacken Slash

    Hacken Slash OK... can you see me now?

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    Keep your "Grrr" to yourself, DMC...

    9/10 :)
    9/15 :o
    8/10 :rolleyes:
    12/15 :(

    That's strange, cuz me always feels my English are very much too gooder.

    Must be one of chev's tricks to humiliate me!

    Of course, in America, it's not how well you can talk...it's how loud...with rhythm (or is that rythym?)
     
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    9/10
    11/15
    7/10
    11/15

    Ahm, I should use dictionaries way more. Way more. Way, way more.
     
  11. 8people

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    [​IMG] bloody hell.

    10/10 :eek:
    13/15
    7/10
    9/15

    I'm just wondering if American spelling makes a difference to anything, because one word in the last test I've always spelt correctly yet I was told it was wrong in the test. But I'm bad at spelling and grammar anyway, so probably just me.

    do we vote how many we got wrong or how many we got right?
    Because 'How incorrect is your English'
    voting 10 could either mean you got none right in the test or you got 10 in the test...
     
  12. Gothmog

    Gothmog Man, a curious beast indeed! ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    [​IMG] Me iis tha bestest anglisch speeker arund fur mijls.

    I gots mure punkts on zhe feerst ones: 8/10
    secund oones: 9/15
    Theerd lees goods: 4/10
    Furth:10/15

    Eet wuld bee besser if i kapisched thee queschtions. :lol:
     
  13. chevalier

    chevalier Knight of Everfull Chalice ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    Manus, it's hard not to agree with you. I too was surprised when I noticed there was no such option.

    The tests don't seem to have any American-specific questions. I'm only prone to think that a Brit test would actually include 'mediaeval', not just the 'medieval' thing.

    I suppose the biggest problem one might have is with knowing the words at all. I didn't know some of them, for example insouciant, psoriosis (or whatever that thing is) etc.

    But screwed up 'embarrass' and 'lightning', heh. Bad, very bad.
     
  14. Barmy Army

    Barmy Army Simple mind, simple pleasures... Adored Veteran

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    EDIT: Oops! On the very first one which the poll is for i got 7/10. Damn, lol.

    12/15 for the first Spelling one.

    5/10 for the second spelling one
    :shame: .

    9/15 on the third one.

    God, my country spawned the bloody language but nobody actually speaks it currectly, rofl.
     
  15. Sir Belisarius

    Sir Belisarius Viconia's Boy Toy Distinguished Member ★ SPS Account Holder

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    [​IMG] Man, I be stoopid...Especially since English is my native tongue...Maybe it's because I speak American... ;) :p

    10/10 - Whoohoo!

    14/15 - I missed daiquiri...Hey! I never drink them...Plus, it's a foreign derivative.

    9/10 - insouciant...I had to look it up. Never heard the word before.

    14/15 - Can you freaking believe I missed mischievous?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

    I speak Russian for rest of day. :grin:
     
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    Are You Grammatically Incorrect?
    Not bad
    But you may want to think twice about pursuing a career as a copy editor.
    You got 6/10 correct. :help:

    Easy Mistakes: Commonly Misspelled Words
    Are you a lexicographer?
    Your spelling power places you firmly among the word elite!
    You got 14/15 correct. :)

    Could You Win the National Spelling Bee?
    Nice work!
    You are an excellent speller. Learn even more from our dictionary.
    You got 10/10 correct. :cool:

    How Well Can You Spell?
    Not bad.
    But you probably won't win the big spelling bee.
    You got 12/15 correct. :o


    Not bad for a native French speaker I guess.
     
  17. Splunge

    Splunge Bhaal’s financial advisor Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!)

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    1. 9/10 (screwed up the is/were one :doh: )
    2. 14/15
    3. 8/10 - hadn't even heard of the two I missed :rolleyes:
    4. 14/15
     
  18. Ironbeard Gems: 20/31
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    9 on the grammatical one. The bad/badly/awfully one, strangely enough. I just assumed the formation I used naturally had to be incorrect...

    Some friends of mine reckon that the best way to check if something is correct is to ask someone who learned to speak the language as a second language - since they learn the language formally and avoid picking up bad habits.
     
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    There is no such thing as incorrect English, just non-standard. Thats one of the very few things I remember about studying English at school :p

    Got 8 for the first one

    12 for the second

    3rd I got 6

    and 13 for the fourth got me on 'absorption' and 'playwright' - swines
     
  20. Dice

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    7/10 for the first
    13/15 for the second
    7/10 for the third
    12/15 for the fourth

    On a side note I would be surprised if very many people got the spelling of 'sarcophagus' wrong considering the group of people we have here!
     
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