Parents should spend some …..of time with their children every day.
(a) equality
(b) quantity
(c) quality
(d) qualification

I was thinking of quality time but the 'of' made me pause and ask for your help.


I think that we are limited to three posts a day. I hope I'm right and get the help I need

It's from a mock exam in Egypt.

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Rasha Assem posted:

Parents should spend some …..of time with their children every day.
(a) equality
(b) quantity
(c) quality
(d) qualification

I was thinking of quality time but the 'of' made me pause and ask for your help.

Hello, Rasha,

Yes, "of" renders "quality" a wrong answer. The only answer there is "quantity":

  • Parents should spend some quantity of time with their children every day.

"Some quantity of" is equivalent to "some amount of," which would be more natural. But either phrase is superfluous, because one could simply say:

  • Parents should spend some time with their children every day.

Obviously, if you are spending some time with others, you are spending some quantity of time with them. So perhaps the test makers meant to omit "of."

  • Parents should spend (some) quality time with their children every day.

Rasha,

I completely agree with David's answer.

As to your other question, we always appreciate you citing your source, and your statement that your question is from a mock exam in Egypt is good enough for me.  Our guidelines (which we need to update and post properly) currently suggest that a member limit himself to initiating four new threads in a day.  When traffic on the website is slow, we've been known to waive that rule, especially when the member is asking good questions, as you tend to do.

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