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Hello,

Again the following question was taken from a test but I can't understand why the testee has given "when" and "as" together among the choices. What do you think the answer is. I don't see a sound reason to prefere "a" over "c",

Someone knocked the door --- the students were studying.

a) when

b) since

c) as

d) which
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Hi,

Again the following question was taken from a test but I can't understand why the testee has given "when" and "as" together among the choices. What do you think the answer is. I don't see a sound reason to prefere "a" over "c", I agree with you. Actually, I prefer 'as', since it gives a sense of duration.

Someone knocked on the door --- the students were studying. (I hope the omission of 'on' is just your typo!Emotion: smile)

a) when OK

b) since

c) as OK

d) which

I suppose the testee would consider it frivolous if I suggested that both B and D are also grammatically correct, and that I could invent a scenario in which they were semantically correct. My feeling is that such multiple choice tests should only contain one answer that is in any way possible. Otherwise, it becomes a matter of 'Choose which one you think is the most likely'.

Best wishes, Clive
CliveHi,

Again the following question was taken from a test but I can't understand why the testee has given "when" and "as" together among the choices. What do you think the answer is. I don't see a sound reason to prefere "a" over "c", I agree with you. Actually, I prefer 'as', since it gives a sense of duration.

Someone knocked on the door --- the students were studying. (I hope the omission of 'on' is just your typo!Emotion: smile)

a) when OK

b) since

c) as OK

d) which

I suppose the testee would consider it frivolous if I suggested that both B and D are also grammatically correct, and that I could invent a scenario in which they were semantically correct. My feeling is that such multiple choice tests should only contain one answer that is in any way possible. Otherwise, it becomes a matter of 'Choose which one you think is the most likely'.

Best wishes, Clive

Clive thank you very much.

No unfortunately "knocked the door" is not my mistake it is in the original question. And it sounds funny!
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No unfortunately "knocked the door" is not my mistake it is in the original question. And it sounds funny!

A preposition is needed; knock on/at the door. I think the preposition was inadvertently left out.
Regardless, it gives on serious doubts about the test.
While simultaneously giving offserious doubts about it as well! Emotion: smile

CJ
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Whoopsie. I wanted to write "one" but my "e" key has been giving me problems. I need to remember to really mash it.
Hi Barbara

Time to buy a new keyboard.
Or prhaps

Tim to buy a nw kyboard.

Cliv
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