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I am an English teacher and me and my colleagues made the following question.

The answer is ⑤universal. However, I am still not convinced. I guess ⑤universal is approiate, too while it is not that natural. In the original sentence it was unique (Unless the circumstances are unique,~)

What do you think?



Q1. Which word is inapproiate in context?


Although instances occur in which partners start their relationship by telling everything about themselves to each other, such instances are ①rare. In most cases, the amount of ②confession increases over time. We begin relationships by revealing relatively little about ourselves: if our first bits of self­disclosure are not well received, we’re ③reluctant to reveal more. This is important to remember. It would usually be a mistake to ④presume that the way to build a strong relationship would be to reveal the most private details about yourself when first making contact with another person. Unless the circumstances are ⑤universal, such baring of your soul would be likely to scare potential partners away rather than bring them closer.

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park hat 526I am an English teacher and me and my colleagues made the following question.

If you are an English teacher, you should be able to find the errors in the sentence above. Want to try?

CJ

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Yes, universal is the inappropriate word.

unique is OK.

Clive

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park hat 526

I am an English teacher and me and my colleagues made the following question.

The answer is ⑤universal. However, I am still not convinced. I guess ⑤universal is approiate, too while it is not that natural. In the original sentence it was unique (Unless the circumstances are unique,~)

What do you think?

1. I am also not convinced that universal is all that inappropriate - or inappropriate enough to actually want to test it. What's the point? Inappropriate or relevant would work well, imho..

2. I would make the first reference to instances = situations and then keep the second occurrence of instances as it is. Like circumstances at the bottom, it's a useful paraphrase to include for testing the context and the topic.

3. To me, amount should be changed to level of confession.

4. self disclosure or self-disclosure

Since you asked...


Q1. Which word is inapproiate in context?


Although instances (situations?) occur in which partners start their relationship by telling everything about themselves to each other, such instances are ①rare. In most cases, the amount (level?)of ②confession increases over time. We begin relationships by revealing relatively little about ourselves: if our first bits of self­disclosure are not well received, we’re ③reluctant to reveal more. This is important to remember. It would usually be a mistake to ④presume that the way to build a strong relationship would be to reveal the most private details about yourself when first making contact with another person. Unless the circumstances are ⑤universal, such baring of your soul would be likely to scare potential partners away rather than bring them closer.

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To me, by changing "unique" to ""universal", it looks like the sentence got a new meaning. (Not being just the opposite)

"Unless the circumstances are ⑤universal," sounds like "Unless you follow the general emotions,".

I wonder how it reads to others. (Of course, the sentence might not be natural, we were thinking of chaning it to "general", too. But I want to know whether "⑤universal/general" also makes sense in the whole context.

Yes. It is "I am an English teacher and I (me)and my colleagues made the following question.

But me is used more colloquially.

General seems okay.

I see what you are trying to do and the idea is good. It's a good text. Unless people have something in common, unless they have shared the same universal and human experience, it is more appropriate to hold off and not overshare in the beginning. It's a good thought behind the testing anyway.


1. If you use unique, you are testing whether they know when to use unique vs. special but it's a very fine and subtle difference and unique passes reasonably okay there, so perhaps it might not end up being a good test.

2. If you use universal or general, it's the same to me. Both seem to work. It's just that they are perhaps too obviously wrong/inappropriate. ?

3. Common might be a word you could test, because you'd test if they understand have something in common and when to use common.

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Thank you for your advice Nel.^^

park hat 526I am an English teacher, and I ( me )and my colleagues my colleagues and I made the following question.

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CJ

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