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Hello everyone,

Could you please tell me if you use "answer" or "answers" in the following instruction?

choose the right answer/answers

1. He..... to school yesterday.

A. went B. goes C. all of them

2. They.........playing now.

A. is B. were C. are D. none of them

3. She met me .........7:30.

A. at B. in C. on D. none of them

Etc...

I think we should use "answers" because "answer" is wrong.

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Joseph ACould you please tell me if you use "answer" or "answers" in the following instruction?

As far as I know, you are not allowing students to select more than one choice as their response to each question, so each item has only one answer.

Use "answer". Or you could say "Choose the right answer for each item".

However, for a multiple choice test we don't usually include "Choose the right answer" in the instructions. It's too obvious. Students are sure to know that they are not supposed to choose the wrong answer. But sometimes we start with "Choose only one answer for each multiple choice item".

1. He ____ to school yesterday.

A. went
B. goes
C. Both of the above.
(Too few choices. You need at least four to create a valid test item.

2. They ____ playing now.

A. is
B. were
C. are
D. None of the above.

3. She met me ____ 7:30.

A. at
B. in
C. on
D. None of the above.

Too many test items with "All of the above" or "None of the above" as a choice. These should occur only once for every ten or so items on a test, or even less often.

CJ

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Thank you so much, CalifJim.
CalifJimAs far as I know, you are not allowing students to select more than one choice as their response to each question, so each item has only one answer.Use "answer". Or you could say "Choose the right answer for each item".However, for a multiple choice test we don't usually include "Choose the right answer" in the instructions. It's too obvious. Students are sure to know that they are not supposed to choose the wrong answer. But sometimes we start with "Choose only one answer for each multiple choice item".1. He ____ to school yesterday.A. went B. goes C. Both of the above. (Too few choices. You need at least four to create a valid test item.2. They ____ playing now.A. is B. were C. are D. None of the above.3. She met me ____ 7:30.A. at B. in C. on D. None of the above.Too many test items with "All of the above" or "None of the above" as a choice. These should occur only once for every ten or so items on a test, or even less often.CJ

Excuse me CalifJim, are the following instructions natural, too, regarding my original post?

1. Choose the correct answer to each question.

2. Choose the correct answer for each of the following questions.

3. Choose the correct answer for the following questions.

4. Choose the correct answer to the following questions.

I think they are correct, too.😕

Regards,

Joseph

All are OK. Personally, I'm not fond of 4 (answer to), and as I said earlier, it's usually not necessary to explain to students that they should choose the correct answer. It would be strange if they thought they should choose incorrect answers.

CJ

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CalifJimAll are OK.

Thanks a lot, CalifJim.

CalifJimI'm not fond of 4 (answer to),

That means you prefer "Choose the correct answer for each of the following questions" to "Choose the correct answer to each of the following questions", too. Is that your personal preference or is (answer to) much less common?

CalifJimit's usually not necessary to explain to students that they should choose the correct answer. It would be strange if they thought they should choose incorrect answers.

You're right, but in my region, all the multiple-choice questions begin with that instruction whether the test is "English, Arabic, Kurdish, or physics, etc....". Without "the correct answer", it will be too strange.

Regards,

Joseph

Joseph AIs that your personal preference or is (answer to) much less common?

It's just my personal preference. 'answer to' is fine grammatically. Both are common.

Joseph AWithout "the correct answer", it will be too strange.

OK. In that case, you had better use that.

CJ

CalifJimIt's just my personal preference. 'answer to' is fine grammatically. Both are common.Joseph AWithout "the correct answer", it will be too strange.OK. In that case, you had better use that.CJ
Thanks a lot, CalifJim.
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