Dear all,
Can anyone help me clairy the following two questions which are from the TOEFL test? Thanks a lot!

1. Ragtime is a musical form developed and brought to maturationbetween 1890 and 1910 which is rooted in several musical tradition.

Is there any word or phrase wrong in the above sentence?
2. A: In order to get into this school, you have to be fromCalifornia.
B: Just my luck.
Is the person B from California or not? What does the phrase "Just my luck" imply?
3. A: After dropping that course, you must have a lot of free timenow.
B: Well, you would say that.
Sorry. As for this, I don't quite remember the exact test question. Does B agree or disagree with what A said?
Thanks again!
Dear all, Can anyone help me clairy the following two questions which are from the TOEFL test? Thanks a lot! ... this, I don't quite remember the exact test question. Does B agree or disagree with what A said? Thanks again!

If you're going to post test questions, we'd like to see some evidence that you have tried to answer them yourself, rather than just completing your homework for you. You asked us to "clarify" but then went on to ask for the answers.
What do you think might be the answers, and why? If you tell us that, we will let you know why you are right or wrong.

Number 1 contains: one word which is not used in normal speech and for which there is a much better and simpler alternative; a singular where there should be a plural; and either a missing "and" or possibly a missing comma. I can't tell if any of these are transcription mistakes or are the intended test points.

Number 2: "just my luck" is a sarcastic statement meaning the opposite of what it appears to say. So person B is implying that he can't get into the school because he's not from California.

Number 3: "you would say that" is a formulaic way of saying that you believe the other person is not being entirely truthful, because of some external reason such as defending his own family or his business interests.

David
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Dear all, Can anyone help me clairy

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the following two questions which are from the TOEFL test? Thanks a lot! 1. Ragtime is a musical form developed ... and 1910 which is rooted in several musical tradition. Is there any word or phrase wrong in the above sentence?

"tradition" should be "traditions". Otherwise, though the sentence is a bit clunky, I'd say it passes muster.
2. A: In order to get into this school, you have to be from California. B: Just my luck. Is the person B from California or not?

No.
What does the phrase "Just my luck" imply?

"My luck in such matters is always bad."
3. A: After dropping that course, you must have a lot of free time now. B: Well, you would say that. Sorry. As for this, I don't quite remember the exact test question. Does B agree or disagree with what A said?

Dunno. "You would say that" implies "Your comment is relevant to you, given your beliefs and circumstances, but not necessarily relevant to me."

Adrian
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3. A: After dropping that course, you must have a ... question. Does B agree or disagree with what A said?

Dunno. "You would say that" implies "Your comment is relevant to you, given your beliefs and circumstances, but not necessarily relevant to me."

This may originate with a reference to the Profumo scandal. In 1963, John Profumo, UK Minister of War, denied having sex with call-girls. One of the girls, Mandy Rice-Davies, commented: "Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/crime/caseclosed/profumo.shtml

David
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1. Ragtime is a musical form developed and brought to maturation between 1890 and 1910 which is rooted in several musical tradition. Is there any word or phrase wrong in the above sentence?

As posted elsewhere, singular Tradition is wrong.
The sentence is musicologically incorrect as well. Ragtime is not a musical form (in the sense musicologists discuss form, cf. symphony, song, minuet, tone poem etc.) Ragtime is a style of music characterized mainly by syncopation. Its origins cannot be attributed to any one or several distinct earlier styles or traditions.
Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
1. Ragtime is a musical form developed and brought to ... there any word or phrase wrong in the above sentence?

As posted elsewhere, singular Tradition is wrong. The sentence is musicologically incorrect as well. Ragtime is not a musical form ... music characterized mainly by syncopation. Its origins cannot be attributed to any one or several distinct earlier styles or traditions.

"Maturation" is used wrongly, too.

Mike.
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