I have done a test on corrections of English usage. The test is to correct errors for the sentences enclosed by two ". The criteria are retaining the original meaning and words as much as possible and that any unnecessary changes may be penalized.
I have done the following changes:
As a demonstration, 1.) has a suggested answer given by the test paper so I didn't do it.
2.) I enjoyed to live aboard.
2.) I enjoyed living abroad.
3.) Now, when I look back, I think those were the most happiest daysof my live.

3.) Now when I look back, I think those are the happiest days in mylife.
4.) It was so heat in Dubai so we had to take great care in the son.
4.) It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care of the son.
5.) school we had to rush to home to have a shower cool down.
5.) school we had to rush home to have a shower for cooling.
6.) my father was banker so our house were always full of importantpeople.

6.) my father was a banker so our house was always full of importantpeople.
7.) Too many of them were politicians and bankers which meant that thedinner conservation

7.) Very many of them were politicians and bankers and that means theconservation at dinner
8.) Although I was only a boy, but I still remember every thing veryclear.

8.) Although I was only a boy, I still remember everything veryclearly.
9.) sand was bright red like it was in fire.
9.) sand was bright red like that it was on fire.
10.) It was a pleasure and excited ride!
10.) It was a pleasant and exciting ride!
11.) I visited Dubai once since I left it has changed so much.
11.) I have visited Dubai once again. It has changed so much since Ileft.
I am not sure about 11.) as I don't quite get what the writer wanted to say.
So do you think I have done the corrections properly, or should I change some of them with better answers? Thanks in advance.
David
Living in another country
1) "When I am young I lived in another country for seven year." Ilived in Dubai which is in the Middle East when my father was working as a banker there. 2) "I enjoyed to live aboard." 3) "Now, when I look back, I think those were the most happiest days of my live."4) "It was so heat in Dubai so we had to take great care in the son."I remember wearing a hat all the time to protect me of the bright rays. The weather was cooler in the evenings and early mornings. 5) Every day after "school we had to rush to home to have a shower cool down." It was an interesting place to grow up. I made many friends in Dubai and we still keep in touch today.

6) As I mentioned earlier, "my father was banker so our house were always full of important people." I liked it when he had dinner parties because I could met many different people. 7) "Too many of them were politicians and bankers which meant that the dinner conservation" was always serious! 8) "Although I was only a boy, but I still remember every thing very clear."
9) My mother was very kind and she used to take me into the desert forpicnics. 9) The "sand was bright red like it was in fire." I liked to play with the camels and once I rode a camel for an hour. 10) "It was a pleasure and excited ride!"
Now I am older and I am living in the USA again. 11) "I visited Dubai once since I left it has changed so much." I think that living in a foreign country as a child made me appreciate other cultures more. I still like traveling and I hope that one day I might get to live in another country for a longer time.
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I have done a test on corrections of English usage. The test is to correct errors for the sentences enclosed ... by the test paper so I didn't do it. 2.) I enjoyed to live aboard. 2.) I enjoyed living abroad.

Correct!
3.) Now, when I look back, I think those were the most happiest days of my live. 3.) Now when I look back, I think those are the happiest days in my life.

"Now, when I look back, I think those were the happiest days of my life."
4.) It was so heat in Dubai so we had to take great care in the son. 4.) It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care of the son.

"It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care in the sun."
5.) school we had to rush to home to have a shower cool down. 5.) school we had to rush home to have a shower for cooling.

"..we had to rush home to have a shower to cool down."
6.) my father was banker so our house were always full of important people. 6.) my father was a banker so our house was always full of important people.

Correct!
7.) Too many of them were politicians and bankers which meant that the dinner conservation 7.) Very many of them were politicians and bankers and that means the conservation at dinner

You should probably just have corrected "conservation" to "conversation" and left the rest alone. A comma after "bankers" would also be usual.
8.) Although I was only a boy, but I still remember every thing very clear. 8.) Although I was only a boy, I still remember everything very clearly.

Correct! (Well done.)
9.) sand was bright red like it was in fire. 9.) sand was bright red like that it was on fire.

"sand was bright red, as if it were on fire."
That's a difficult one, because the "were" is in the subjunctive mood.
10.) It was a pleasure and excited ride! 10.) It was a pleasant and exciting ride!

Correct!
11.) I visited Dubai once since I left it has changed so much. 11.) I have visited Dubai once again. It has changed so much since I left. I am not sure about 11.) as I don't quite get what the writer wanted to say.

I think it should probably be "I visited Dubai once; since I left, it has changed so much."
Matti
cyberdude wrote on 19 Jan 2005:
I have done a test on corrections of English usage. The test is to correct errors for the sentences enclosed ... by the test paper so I didn't do it. 2.) I enjoyed to live aboard. 2.) I enjoyed living abroad.

Good.
3.) Now, when I look back, I think those were the most happiest days of my live. 3.) Now when I look back, I think those are the happiest days in my life.

I think most native anglophones would say "were" instead of "are". Those days are gone even though the memory of them still exists.
4.) It was so heat in Dubai so we had to take great care in the son. 4.) It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care of the son.

It should be "in the sun". It might also be "It was {very / extremely} hot in Dubai, so we had to {take great care / be very careful} in the sun."
5.) school we had to rush to home to have a shower cool down. 5.) school we had to rush home to have a shower for cooling.

"After school we had to rush home and have a shower to cool down." This seems idiomatic to me.
6.) my father was banker so our house were always full of important people. 6.) my father was a banker so our house was always full of important people.

"My ... banker, so .."
7.) Too many of them were politicians and bankers which meant that the dinner conservation 7.) Very many of them were politicians and bankers and that means the conservation at dinner

"Too many of them ... bankers, which meant that the dinner conversation .." seems okay to me. But so does "So many of them ...bankers that the conversation at dinner .."
Rather than "Very many", I'd use "Most": "Most of them ... bankers, and that meant .." "Meant" rather than "means" because it was in the past.
8.) Although I was only a boy, but I still remember every thing very clear. 8.) Although I was only a boy, I still remember everything very clearly.

Good.
9.) sand was bright red like it was in fire. 9.) sand was bright red like that it was on fire.

"The sand was bright red, as if it were on fire."
10.) It was a pleasure and excited ride! 10.) It was a pleasant and exciting ride!

Good grammatically, but semantically it doesn't quite work. I think "pleasurable" is better, but I don't like that any better. I think most native speakers would say simply "It was an exciting ride." The sentence with two adjectives seems too artificial to be worth considering, no matter how it's changed.
11.) I visited Dubai once since I left it has changed so much. 11.) I have visited Dubai once again. It has changed so much since I left.

I have visited Dubai once since I left. It has changed so much (since I'd been there last).
It can't be "I have visited Dubai once again", because those first seven years were not a visit for the writer: he lived there it was his home.
I am not sure about 11.) as I don't quite get what the writer wanted to say. So do you ... like traveling and I hope that one day I might get to live in another country for a longer time.

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4.) It was so heat in Dubai so we had ... that we had to take great care of the son.

"It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care in the sun."

You might have to take care of the son, if there's a good chance of him otherwise getting sunburn/sunstroke/skin cancer. :-)
5.) school we had to rush to home to have ... had to rush home to have a shower for cooling.

"..we had to rush home to have a shower to cool down."

Or "school, we had to rush home and take a shower to cool down."
6.) my father was banker so our house were always ... banker so our house was always full of important people.

Correct!

Indeed, though a comma after "banker" wouldn't hurt.

Could also be "It was a pleasure and an exciting ride!"
11.) I visited Dubai once since I left it has ... I don't quite get what the writer wanted to say.

Looking at the original, I guess "Since I left Dubai, I went back there once, and it has changed so much!"
I think it should probably be "I visited Dubai once; since I left, it has changed so much."

That would seem a little ambiguous. Since you left the first time, or since you left after revisiting?
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4.) It was so heat in Dubai so we had ... Dubai that we had to take great care of the

son. "It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care in the sun."

Although Cyberdude's answer /was/ completely correct in itself! It just probably wasn't the expected correct answer.
son. "It was so hot in Dubai that we had to take great care in the sun."

Although Cyberdude's answer /was/ completely correct in itself! It just probably wasn't the expected correct answer.

That's the problem with trying to answer these TEFL questions you could spend hours on all the bloody ramifications!

Matti
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That's the problem with trying to answer these TEFL questions you could spend hours on all the bloody ramifications!

1. Was this thread not about TESL not TEFL?
2. TESL is a commercial rather than an intellectualactivity, thus is seldom concerned about the equal legitimacy of multiple answers. We know this in advance, thus need not waste a second on this aspect (unless willingly paid to do so.)

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
Don Phillipson wrote on 20 Jan 2005:
That's the problem with trying to answer these TEFL questions you could spend hours on all the bloody ramifications!

1. Was this thread not about TESL not TEFL? 2. TESL is a commercial rather than an intellectual activity, thus ... We know this in advance, thus need not waste a second on this aspect (unless willingly paid to do so.)

I'd say that most testmakers in both areas haven't a clue how to make good tests not that it's an easy job. And a great many TEFL tests are made by non-native speakers of English who have the idea that there is only one correct answer for every question they ask.

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6.) my father was banker so our house were always ... banker so our house was always full of important people.

"My ... banker, so .."

Don't you mean "a banker"? I can see you inserting the comma, but "My father was banker" doesn't work, and that was his question
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