Monday, November 27, 2006

I'm Sure that U.S. Teachers Would do Much Better

Half of teachers make simple apostrophe mistake | the Daily Mail: "Teachers' shaky grasp of grammar and punctuation has been exposed in a survey of the nation's literacy skills.

Two-thirds made a basic apostrophe mistake in a test administered to more than 2,000 workers from key professions. Eight per cent even muddled the use of I and me.

Test yourself - would you get it right?

Teachers made a string of blunders despite being responsible for drumming correct English into the next generation.

Their less-than-polished performance left them lagging behind employees in the creative and arts sectors.

They managed only to match financial workers, who are hardly known for their strong literacy skills."


Brent McKee said...

I managed 8 out of 10 on the quiz - i didn't get affect and effect right. Oh the shame of it!

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly, I got a perfect score. I was interested in learning that in England the comma before a conjunctive "and" in a compound sentence is either to be left out or placed following the word "and".

Jeff Meyerson said...

Got them all; it was easy.

Implied/inferred is a simple one that people get wrong all the time.