Sarah Robeen posted:

'Is Ahmed ok? He seems so nervous.'

'Yes, he keeps arguing with all his classmates.'

"Find the mistake, correct it then explain it."

Hello, Sarah, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange!

Is it your belief that there is something incorrect in the dialogue you have quoted (apart from the fact that you haven't capitalized "OK")?

Thanks David!

Yes, I don't think that the problem is on "OK" but rather in "yes" itself!

There was an opinion saying that we should use a coordinating conjunction instead of "yes" especially they didn't mention speaker A or B. So it is considered as rhetorical sentence! 

I still don't get it!

Hussein Hassan posted:
David, There is an opinion (on another forum) says that we should replace 'Yes' by 'but', 'and' or 'when'. What's your opinion?

Hi, Hussein,

I haven't gone through the thread you've linked to in detail, but there is nothing wrong with "Yes" in the dialogue as it stands. The second speaker is agreeing that Ahmed seems nervous. Why? Because he keeps arguing with all his classmates.

As to Sarah's worry that it might not really be a dialogue, the form that you have shown us speaks of "the exchanges below." An exchange is another word for a dialogue with more than one speaker. Therefore it's supposed to be a dialogue.

The other two questions in that section do indeed contain mistakes. In 1.1, the mistake is the use of informations ("information" is a noncount noun). In 1.2, the mistake is the use of the adverbial "yesterday" in a clause in the present perfect.

The real question is why the creators of the test, who may not speak English very well, mistakenly thought that there was a mistake in question 1.3. Maybe they thought the first speaker's second sentence didn't make a difference. It does.

Thank you, David for your reply and help.

David, Moderator posted:

There is nothing wrong with "Yes" in the dialogue as it stands. The second speaker is agreeing that Ahmed seems nervous. Why? Because he keeps arguing with all his classmates.

 

After reading the dialogue once again, I'd think the mistake is related to the punctuation after 'Yes'.

I've read before that if 'yes' or 'no' come at the beginning of a sentence and the statement that follows them confirms the 'yes' or 'no', we should use a comma.

A: Do you like reading?

B: Yes, I do.

On the other hand, if the statement that follows 'yes' or 'no' adds something new to the original sentence, we should use a full-stop.  

A: Do you like reading?

B: Yes. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies.

Is that right?

David, Moderator posted:

The real question is why the creators of the test, who may not speak English very well, mistakenly thought that there was a mistake in question 1.3. Maybe they thought the first speaker's second sentence didn't make a difference. It does.

David, as I've cited above, the question is taken from the form of CELTA which is presented by the British Council (the most trusted source of learning and teaching English in Egypt).

Hello again, Hussein,

I think it's unlikely that they would be testing you on punctuation, which is one of the most peripheral parts of grammar, being rooted in arbitrary written conventions rather than in how people use the language.

But let's assume they are testing you on punctuation in that question and that the mistake is what you say it is. Then the other two dialogue questions in that section have the same mistake (see below)!

Now, if they expect you to identify the same punctuation "mistake" (I don't actually consider what you think is a mistake a mistake) in all three questions, why is it that the other two questions contain ungrammatical sentences?

Quote:

1.1     ‘I’d like some informations about your courses.’

‘Certainly, here’s our brochure.’

a)  correct version:

b)   

 

1.2     ‘Have you got any books?’

 ‘Yes, I’ve been to a new bookshop yesterday.’

a)  correct version:

b)    

 

 

1.3     ‘Is Ahmed ok? He seems so nervous.’

 ‘Yes, he keeps arguing with all his classmates.’

a)  correct version:

b)  

 

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