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We shouldn't be tested on English grammar.

December 24, 2012


I'd love to know the real science, but I bet seeing grammatically incorrect examples is counterproductive.
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How is this a grammar issue?

The first two options are identical except for the of/off thing. I don't even need to look at the Italian sentence to see that the first option (a lot off) is wrong. In my opinion, all options should use correct English grammar. Choosing between "a lot off" and "a lot of" doesn't help improve my Italian at all. The first option should be replaced with something completely different, for instance, "We drink a lot of lemonade."
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We use an algorithm to generate the incorrect sentences (these used to be done by hand). I agree that it's usually easiest to just spot which options are clearly wrong than to actually think about it.

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