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."

3 comments:

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.