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Hi, I have done a quick placement test with some of my "students".

There occured some problems. It would be nice if you could help me to solve them. Often there is a choice between words with different semantic context. I do not really know when to use which word. This might be interesting for others as well.
Words that definetely do not fit in the scheme are omitted.
I am very interested in the semantic point of view. Why something can fit in and why others cannot.

I´ll write some of them down and provide you with the possible answers. Furthermore, my proposed answer is added to it.

1. The children won´t go to bed ______ we leave a light on outside their bedroom. ( except / unless )
I have chosen unless here. It´s funny, because both mean "ausser" in German, but there must be some semantic difference. I do not really know it.

2. Fortunately, __________ from a bump on the head, she suffered no serious injuries from her fall. ( except / apart )
Well, I have chosen except here. I do not know why Emotion: smile

3. She came to live her ________ a month ago. ( quite / almost / already )
It´s quite, isn´t it?

4. It was clear that the young couple were ___________ of taking charge of the restaurant. ( responsible / capable / able / reliable )
The problem that occurs here is that I believed the young couple are those who have to pay the bill in a restaurant. Therefore responsible. But now I think that " .. taking charge of the restaurant" means something completely different.

5. Mary was dissapointed with her new shirt as the colour ________ very quickly. ( vanished / faded )
I believe faded to be the right answer here, because I think that "vanished" means that the colour has gone entirely.

6. Jane remained calm when she won the lottery and _______ about her business as if nothing had happened. ( came / brought / went / moved )
Only brought somehow sounds good to me. It´s an idiomatic expression, isn´t it?

7. ....... for the ______ person until the 19th century, ....... ( average / common )
I think it´s average. But could be common as well. Hmmmm.

8. Whether you choose the Medieval Walk, which will _____________ you to the Dublin of 1000 years ago ....... ( introduce / move / present / show )
It can only be introduced in my opinion. But I am wondering whether the verb introduce can be used by an inanimate subject.

9. We are not used to ________ invited to very formal occasions. ( be / being )
We had this one in university. I have to admit that I do not remember what was said about this structure. It was somehow important.

10. She obviously didn´t want to discuss the matter so I didn´t ____ the point. ( pursue / maintain / follow )
I think it is pursue, but somehow all of them make sense to me. Well, I think maintain does definetely not fit in here.

11. ......, it is vital to _____ open to new ideas. ( stand / remain )
Should be remain, but I think it´s again some kind of idiomatic expression, who knows then.... Emotion: smile

Thx for all who will help me answering these questions......
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Hi Case Assigner

Here is my take on things (inside the quote in blue):
Case AssignerI´ll write some of them down and provide you with the possible answers. Furthermore, my proposed answer is added to it.

1. The children won´t go to bed ______ we leave a light on outside their bedroom. ( except / unless )
I have chosen unless here. It´s funny, because both mean "ausser" in German, but there must be some semantic difference. I do not really know it. Unless is correct and a better translation here might be "es sei denn". Leaving the light on is a condition that has to be fulfilled before the children will go to bed.

So, the meaning necessary here is more or less "except if" ("ausser wenn").

2. Fortunately, __________ from a bump on the head, she suffered no serious injuries from her fall. ( except / apart )
Well, I have chosen except here. I do not know why Emotion: smileNope, you need 'apart'.

Standard word partnerships are: except for / apart from

3. She came to live here ________ a month ago. ( quite / almost / already )
It´s quite, isn´t it? No, you need 'almost'.

almost a month ago = not quite a month ago

4. It was clear that the young couple were ___________ of taking charge of the restaurant. ( responsible / capable / able / reliable )
The problem that occurs here is that I believed the young couple are those who have to pay the bill in a restaurant. Therefore responsible. But now I think that " .. taking charge of the restaurant" means something completely different. Only the word 'capable' works with the word 'of' - "capable of doing something"

5. Mary was dissappointed with her new shirt as the colour ________ very quickly. ( vanished / faded ) I believe faded to be the right answer here, because I think that "vanished" means that the colour has gone entirely. Right

6. Jane remained calm when she won the lottery and _______ about her business as if nothing had happened. ( came / brought / went / moved )
Only brought somehow sounds good to me. went It´s an idiomatic expression, isn´t it? Yes, and the idiom is: "go about one's business"

7. ....... for the ______ person until the 19th century, ....... ( average / common )
I think it´s average. But could be common as well. Hmmmm. I'd guess 'average'. It would be helpful to have the rest of the sentence, though.

8. Whether you choose the Medieval Walk, which will _____________ you to the Dublin of 1000 years ago ....... ( introduce / move / present / show )
It can only be introduced in my opinion. But I am wondering whether the verb introduce can be used by an inanimate subject. Yes. 'Introduce' sounds logical. Again, the rest of the sentence would be helpful.

9. We are not used to ________ invited to very formal occasions. ( be / being )
We had this one in university. I have to admit that I do not remember what was said about this structure. It was somehow important. being -- "be used to doing something"

10. She obviously didn´t want to discuss the matter so I didn´t ____ the point. ( pursue / maintain / follow )
I think it is pursue, but somehow all of them make sense to me. Well, I think maintain does definitely does not fit in here. Only 'pursue' works.

11. ......, it is vital to _____ open to new ideas. ( stand / remain )
Should be remain, but I think it´s again some kind of idiomatic expression, who knows then.... remain

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I'd say:

He spent a long time looking for a tie which went well with his new shirt.
He spent a long time looking for a tie which matched his new shirt. [
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Wow, thank you very much.... I have looked all this stuff up by myself, but I wasn´t able to find all of the answers.

btw. if someone needs this quick placement test, here is the link: http://www.cox-co.de/docu/Einstufungstest.doc

Some more questions arose..... It would be nice if someone could give an explanation to those as well. But I want to look them up first, no need that you do the work and I am just sitting here and waiting.

@Yankee: thx for correcting my mistakes......
Ok, one question remains....

He spent a long time looking for a tie which __________ with his new shirt. ( went / wore / fixed / made )

I guess the answer is went. The others do not really fit. Isn´t there an expression that says "to go along with..."?

Ok, I hope someone can give an answer to my last question .... Thx a lot so far. Emotion: smile
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Ok, therefore only went can be an answer to this question.... thank you very much Marius Emotion: smile
Case Assigner Hi, I have done a quick placement test with some of my "students".
There occured some problems. It would be nice if you could help me to solve them. Often there is a choice between words with different semantic context. I do not really know when to use which word. This might be interesting for others as well.
Words that definetely do not fit in the scheme are omitted.
I am very interested in the semantic point of view. Why something can fit in and why others cannot.
I´ll write some of them down and provide you with the possible answers. Furthermore, my proposed answer is added to it.
1. The children won´t go to bed ______ we leave a light on outside their bedroom. ( except / unless )
I have chosen unless here. It´s funny, because both mean "ausser" in German, but there must be some semantic difference. I do not really know it.
2. Fortunately, __________ from a bump on the head, she suffered no serious injuries from her fall. ( except / apart )
Well, I have chosen except here. I do not know why
3. She came to live her ________ a month ago. ( quite / almost / already )
It´s quite, isn´t it?
4. It was clear that the young couple were ___________ of taking charge of the restaurant. ( responsible / capable / able / reliable )
The problem that occurs here is that I believed the young couple are those who have to pay the bill in a restaurant. Therefore responsible. But now I think that " .. taking charge of the restaurant" means something completely different.
5. Mary was dissapointed with her new shirt as the colour ________ very quickly. ( vanished / faded )
I believe faded to be the right answer here, because I think that "vanished" means that the colour has gone entirely.
6. Jane remained calm when she won the lottery and _______ about her business as if nothing had happened. ( came / brought / went / moved )
Only brought somehow sounds good to me. It´s an idiomatic expression, isn´t it?
7. ....... for the ______ person until the 19th century, ....... ( average / common )
I think it´s average. But could be common as well. Hmmmm.
8. Whether you choose the Medieval Walk, which will _____________ you to the Dublin of 1000 years ago ....... ( introduce / move / present / show )
It can only be introduced in my opinion. But I am wondering whether the verb introduce can be used by an inanimate subject.
9. We are not used to ________ invited to very formal occasions. ( be / being )
We had this one in university. I have to admit that I do not remember what was said about this structure. It was somehow important.
10. She obviously didn´t want to discuss the matter so I didn´t ____ the point. ( pursue / maintain / follow )
I think it is pursue, but somehow all of them make sense to me. Well, I think maintain does definetely not fit in here.
11. ......, it is vital to _____ open to new ideas. ( stand / remain )
Should be remain, but I think it´s again some kind of idiomatic expression, who knows then....
Thx for all who will help me answering these questions......
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