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A 1912 Eighth-Grade Grammar Test: Predictably Demoralizing

August 12, 2013 | by



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  1. Dik Bakker | August 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Life (and linguistics) was so much easier then, its more complicated than that now …

  2. Amy-Jean Carlzon | August 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    If it could only be this basic and foundational. Now, we expect students to jump through fire during a hail storm.

  3. JoAnn | August 13, 2015 at 12:34 am

    When they wrote decline, did they mean define? If not, I’m afraid decline has a meaning I don’t understand and I feel even more lame 🙂

  4. Allison | August 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

    @Joann I think it’s “decline I,” as in leave it out and list the others–me, my, etc. I think.

  5. Ed Clarke | August 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Decline “I” means list all of the forms of “I” for different cases (nominative, accusative etc.) – I, me, and so forth.

  6. Andrew McKie | August 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    No. It’s decline. Pronouns have declensions (i.e., the inflection of the word), as do nouns, articles and adjectives.

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