Q&A - PSLE English

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by D3@n » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:27 am

Fishermum wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:18 am
Hi. Can someone advise which tense to use?
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I “went / go” to bed.
Thanks.
Hi,
Correct answer is...
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I went to bed.

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by Fishermum » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:04 pm

:thankyou:

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by pirate » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:26 am

D3@n wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:27 am
Fishermum wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:18 am
Hi. Can someone advise which tense to use?
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I “went / go” to bed.
Thanks.
Hi,
Correct answer is...
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I went to bed.
Actually, both are correct, but the meaning is different. Use "went" if you mean to convey that father told you to set the alarm clock only on a specific occasion. Use "go" if father told you to do it generally. So, it depends on the context, ie rest of the passage.

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by zac's mum » Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:19 pm

pirate wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:26 am
D3@n wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:27 am
Fishermum wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:18 am
Hi. Can someone advise which tense to use?
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I “went / go” to bed.
Thanks.
Hi,
Correct answer is...
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I went to bed.
Actually, both are correct, but the meaning is different. Use "went" if you mean to convey that father told you to set the alarm clock only on a specific occasion. Use "go" if father told you to do it generally. So, it depends on the context, ie rest of the passage.
I agree.

“Father told me to set my alarm clock before I went to bed” means a one-time occurrence. Maybe the next morning there’s a special event.

“Father told me to set my alarm clock before I go to bed” means eg his father gave him a new alarm clock and told him to set it every night before going to bed as a good habit.

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by D3@n » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:22 am

zac's mum wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:19 pm
pirate wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:26 am
D3@n wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:27 am


Hi,
Correct answer is...
Father told me to set my alarm clock before I went to bed.
Actually, both are correct, but the meaning is different. Use "went" if you mean to convey that father told you to set the alarm clock only on a specific occasion. Use "go" if father told you to do it generally. So, it depends on the context, ie rest of the passage.
I agree.

“Father told me to set my alarm clock before I went to bed” means a one-time occurrence. Maybe the next morning there’s a special event.

“Father told me to set my alarm clock before I go to bed” means eg his father gave him a new alarm clock and told him to set it every night before going to bed as a good habit.
I'd go with this structure if it is not with reference to a particular occurrence.
“Father told me to set my alarm clock before going to bed”

The given sentence has no time indicator ("last night" or "every night") and is thus ambiguous as pointed out by pirate and zac's mum. But if I am sitting for an English examination with only the given information, the more sensible answer is still the past tense "went" as the question is probably to test our knowledge of tense consistency.


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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by Bochapmum3 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:19 am

Appreciate some help on synthesis..

Bala was committed to studying hard. He did well in his examinations.

Due to his....

Thanks!

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by Bochapmum3 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:20 am

Is it ‘commitment to studying hard’, or ‘commitment in studying hard’?

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by zac's mum » Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:58 pm

Bochapmum3 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:19 am
Appreciate some help on synthesis..

Bala was committed to studying hard. He did well in his examinations.

Due to his....

Thanks!
Due to his commitment to studying hard, Bala did well in his examinations.

Also acceptable: Due to Bala’s commitment to studying hard, he did well in his examinations.

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by Bochapmum3 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:01 pm

zac's mum wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:58 pm
Bochapmum3 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:19 am
Appreciate some help on synthesis..

Bala was committed to studying hard. He did well in his examinations.

Due to his....

Thanks!
Due to his commitment to studying hard, Bala did well in his examinations.

Also acceptable: Due to Bala’s commitment to studying hard, he did well in his examinations.
Thanks Zac’s mum. However answer sheet’s answer is ‘commitment in studying hard’, and also told by a NIE-trained English teacher that that is the correct answer. Thus like to hear some opinion here.

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Re: Q&A - PSLE English

Post by zac's mum » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:36 pm

Well my non-expert opinion is that the question states “committed to”. The child would be reasonably expected to use the same phrase “commitment to”.

Unless there is some English rule that says “commitment to” something is horribly unacceptable...and I don’t think so.

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