pqkdzrwt wrote:Abacus wrote:imo this is a case of the native grammar nazi's trying to police the local grammar nazi's and further derailing the students from actually gaining useful comprehension of the language. I would be more interested in knowing if the students could identify which word each replaces.
I agree that a significant number of native english speakers could probably not answer this question correctly but it distracts from the main point.
Lets assume for the sake of the discussion this is an advanced/high level test for native chinese speakers trying to perfect their English. (: None of us would want to deny a Tawanese person a chance to polish / perfect their english to a native english level.
Am I also assuming that these advanced/high level students couldn't tell you what the sentence actually meant in 20 seconds or less? And they couldn't even dream of constructing that sentence on their own?
There's a time and a place to be teaching grammar this advanced. And then there's Taiwan.