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 Posted Tuesday, March 08, 2011 6:23 PM
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 Posted Tuesday, March 08, 2011 10:24 PM
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 Tom.Thomson (3/8/2011)john.arnott (3/8/2011)Tom, you've shown that you'd never have trouble with this riddle: If I have two American coins with a total value of 30 cents and one of them is not a quarter, what are they?No, I might have trouble with that one.The answer I was thinking of is "a quarter and a nickle". The riddle postulates that one of the coins is not a quarter, and that is demonstrably true; one coin is a nickle and the other coin is a quarter. Of course, the point here is that the form of the question (calling it a riddle) sets up thought parameters for most people. They won't consider it a trivia quiz, but rather an exercise in flexible thinking. The question is deliberately fuzzy in its language and, of course, that's part of the amusement factor in solving (or hearing) the "answer".
Post #1075302
 Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011 7:38 AM
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 Tom.Thomson (3/8/2011)SanDroid (3/8/2011)Tom.Thomson (3/8/2011)The right answer of course is "each of them can (but only one at a time)" so of the options provided 3 is closest to correct. 1 (the "right" answer) would only be really correct if the question was "how many of them can be rowguidcol columns at the same time".I have to agree to disagree with this statement."enabled" is the key word in this question and makes perfect english as the last word in the question. This makes it the main describer for the question. I don't think the word "enabled" helps at all. The way the question is phrased would allow it to help only if the word "simultaneously" were inserted between "can" and "have" (or after "enabled" if a little sloppiness is permitted).My point was that the english in the question is correct. This type of question and it's wording is very common on all tests taken here in North America. I can't verify that they are like this in other regions where English is the primary language.FYI: That coins question ther other user asked you is in both of my daughters SAT study guides. If it makes you feel any better I had to explain it to them also.
Post #1075552
 Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011 8:11 AM
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Post #1075582
 Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011 8:16 AM
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 Duncan Pryde (3/9/2011)SanDroid (3/9/2011)Tom.Thomson (3/8/2011)SanDroid (3/8/2011)Tom.Thomson (3/8/2011)The right answer of course is "each of them can (but only one at a time)" so of the options provided 3 is closest to correct. 1 (the "right" answer) would only be really correct if the question was "how many of them can be rowguidcol columns at the same time".I have to agree to disagree with this statement."enabled" is the key word in this question and makes perfect english as the last word in the question. This makes it the main describer for the question. I don't think the word "enabled" helps at all. The way the question is phrased would allow it to help only if the word "simultaneously" were inserted between "can" and "have" (or after "enabled" if a little sloppiness is permitted).My point was that the english in the question is correct. This type of question and it's wording is very common on all tests taken here in North America. I can't verify that they are like this in other regions where English is the primary language.FYI: That coins question ther other user asked you is in both of my daughters SAT study guides. If it makes you feel any better I had to explain it to them also.Just to add my £0.02-worth:DuncanDuncan,You are correct in all your statements. Unforetunately none of them had anytihng to do with the fact that the question was not incorrect in its use of the english laguage. Only one can actually be enabled.
Post #1075590
 Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011 8:28 AM
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 SanDroid (3/9/2011)Duncan,You are correct in all your statements. Unforetunately none of them had anytihng to do with the fact that the question was not incorrect in its use of the english laguage. Only one can actually be enabled.It wasn't incorrect English, no, but could be interpreted in a couple of ways. Just like my question today, apparently.
Post #1075600
 Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011 10:48 PM
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