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Friday, May 24, 2013

An Eleven Plus Nuance

As elements of the eleven plus revert back to the `old days’, children are finding that they need to be a little more aware of nuances of the English language. We may tell our children, for example, that `shall’ is used in the first person and `will’ in the second and third.

I shall go.
You will go.
He will go.

But suppose that one day the eleven plus is taken up by different nations? The Scots, for example, say: “I will go.” We can recall the story of the Scot who was drowning. The English people watching him struggle did little to help as he called out:

“I will drown, and no one shall save me!”

Should we expect our eleven plus to know the difference between `nauseous’ and `nauseated’? A sentence could read: “I feel nauseous.” A different sentence could read: “I feel nauseated.” Both meanings revolve around feeling sick or disgusted but one is a figurative meaning and the other literal.

Is there time to explain the difference to an eleven plus child?

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