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superk

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:16 am    Post subject: Language Usage Issue
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If someone says that they are:

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Writing a test


or

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Giving a test



is that the same thing as taking a test?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:23 am    Post subject:
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My opinion (as a Brooklyn/California English speaker) FWIW icon_smile.gif

"Writing a test" is the same as "taking a test" although "taking a test" would probably be the more common way to say it.

"Giving a test" is not the same as "taking a test". The instructor gives a test. The student takes a test.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:37 am    Post subject:
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Unless it's a small type from "given a test".....
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:35 am    Post subject:
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You mean "typo"? "given a test" rather than "giving a test"? Yes, that would change the meaning significantly.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Language Usage Issue
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just 2? from an E2L

"writing a test" designing, building, putting on paper the questions and answers, and the grades to assigned

"giving a test" distributing the test questions, replying to inquiries from people taking the test, collecting the replies, and maybe grading them

"taking a test" sitting i a very uncomfortable (usually) chair answering stupid questions, hoping to get a job out of them :-)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:26 pm    Post subject:
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Interesting. I would say your definition of "writing a test" would fit more with "creating a test". Although I don't use "writing a test" to mean "taking a test" myself, I have heard other people use it that way. But "writing a test" could certainly be interpreted as "creating a test" as you say.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject:
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I have heard quite a few people saying either ?writing a test? or 'giving a test' when they actually meant to say 'taking a test'.

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e.g. When will you write/give the test?
I will be writing/giving the test on jcl on 29th.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject:
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Hi,

When will you write the test? - > Teacher asks the Student
When will you give the test? - > Student asks the teacher
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:31 pm    Post subject:
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When will you write the test? - > Teacher asks the Student
When will you give the test? - > Student asks the teacher
_________________
CORRECT ME IF I M WRONG


Well, I can't correct you but as a student I have always replied 'Not today' icon_wink.gif
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Language Usage Issue
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So, if someone says that they're "writing a test" or "giving a test", I have no real way of knowing which end of the situation they're on - they might be the subject expert who's task is to create the test and then give it to students as a way to assess their knowledge of the subject matter - or, they might be the student who's knowledge is being assessed.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:50 pm    Post subject:
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Hi,

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they might be the subject expert who's task is to create the test and then give it to students as a way to assess their knowledge of the subject matter - or, they might be the student who's knowledge is being assessed.
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Exactly
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:56 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

If the student was to reply to this
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When will you write the test? - > Teacher asks the Student

what might be their response?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Language Usage Issue
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Hi,

When teacher asks a student "When will you write a test?" then it is the situation where the student may be absent on a particular test and the teacher just asks the student about the idea when he/she is planning to take the test !!! i have faced such a situation and i said my teacher that "i dont have time now mam" and she was laughing icon_lol.gif as she is a cool teacher there was a cool reply ...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:09 pm    Post subject:
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as she is a cool teacher there was a cool reply


You are really lucky!
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