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Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925527
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Originally Posted by James
I'm now completing what is essentially an essay examination as part of my MFA program. One of the questions asks:

"As a graduate student, which types of presentation are the most valuable?"

That sentence sets off my grammar alarm. Shouldn't it read something like:

"As a graduate student, which types of presentation do you find the most valuable?"

After all, I am in an advanced English program. I just sent an email to the director.

Jim


The first seems to ask for an objective answer(s).
Your question calls for the subjective.
That's the diff I see.


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Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925529
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types of presentation seems to be grammatically incorrect right off the bat. Types is plural so shouldn't presentation instead be presentations.

Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925535
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I taught composition at a D-1 university for several years... prior to that, I was a newspaper editor, columnist and copy editor. I would have written "What type of presentations are the most valuable..."

Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: Greg / MO] #6925542
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Originally Posted by Greg / MO
I taught composition at a D-1 university for several years... prior to that, I was a newspaper editor, columnist and copy editor. I would have written "What type of presentations are the most valuable..."



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Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925547
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Greg, you are right. That's how I'd prefer to see it written.

But I'm mainly interested in whether their version was grammatically improper, not whether it was well written.

Jim


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Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925561
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Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925631
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It's sixes.

Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6925920
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Originally Posted by James
It's an invitation to BS, so that's what I'll give them, I suppose.

Jim



That of course....!

But remember my good man, that this is the year 2020. What REALLY matters is how the sentence "makes you feel!"

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Anything I can understand is grammatically correct.

Then, again, I am studying conversational Spanish, with absolutely no grammar or spelling


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Re: Any grammar experts in the place? [Re: James] #6927197
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Originally Posted by James
I'm now completing what is essentially an essay examination as part of my MFA program. One of the questions asks:

"As a graduate student, which types of presentation are the most valuable?"

That sentence sets off my grammar alarm. Shouldn't it read something like:

"As a graduate student, which types of presentation do you find the most valuable?"

After all, I am in an advanced English program. I just sent an email to the director.

Jim


The first question asks for a fact, or facts. The answer would be backed up with references. A graduate level student would be expected to provide references for his/her answer. (Was it ok to use gender specific words?). Your question, James, asks for an opinion. You ask the question like a liberal would, the answer based not on facts but on how you feel about types of presentations.
Remember James, we search for truth, not facts!
I don't see anything wrong with the "grammar" of either sentence. I only have a high school education tho!

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Just a guess! crazy


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