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    Stylistic test

    What's mistakes if any can you find in the sentences to follow:

    1. You know, this year the students of the first course are so keen on English that they've set up their very own English Drama Club.

    2. In the United Kingdom many students opt to live in hostels but the vast majority prefers some other types of digs such as bedsits or self-catering flatlets.

    3. To be admitted to the University students must first of all be graduated of a middle school.

    4. Many students visit Russia to study at the Institute of Russian named after Pushkin in Moscow, in the hope of improving their Russian.

    5. In general, the modern buildings do help us to live and work in comfort. There are all modern conveniences there. There is central heating, gas, electricity, cold and hot water supply and what not.

    6. Yes, it's all very well to talk about it but what to do?

    7. Although both of my grandparents are on pension, they still hold down full time jobs.

    8. I'm very interested in techniques, so I'll have a got at repairing your cassette recorder.

    9. The students' assignments were checked up by their teachers.

    10. We also do out labworks in the laboratory with modern equipment.

    11. You know that book on the Great Patriotic War you said you'd lend me, well if you've got it on you I could lend it now.

    12. After a very tiring journey through Caucasus decided to take a long rest before we embarked upon the next stage of our expedition.

    13. Volodya is a student of the daytime department in out institute. His sister Tatyana studies at the evening department.

    14. Within an hour you can be out of the centre of Moscow and find yourself in the beatiful of her suburbs.

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    What mistakes if any can you find in the sentences that follow:/in the following sentences:

    1. You know, this year the students of/in the first course/class are so keen on English that they've set up their very own English Drama Club.

    2. In the United Kingdom many students opt to live in hostels but the vast majority prefer some other types of digs such as bedsits or self-catering flatlets.

    3. To be admitted to the University students must first of all be graduated from a middle school./be gradutates of a middle school.

    4. Many students visit Russia to study in Moscow at the Institute of Russian named after Pushkin, in the hope of improving their Russian.

    5. In general, modern buildings do help us to live and work in comfort. There are/They have all the modern conveniences there. There is/They have central heating, gas, electricity, cold and hot water supply and what not.

    6. Yes, it's all very well to talk about it but what to do?/but what can be done?/but what can you do?

    7. Although both of my grandparents are on pensions, they still hold down full time jobs.

    8. I'm very interested in techniques, so I'll have a go at repairing your cassette recorder.

    9. The students' assignments were checked up on/were checked/were graded by their teachers.

    10. We also do our lab work with modern equipment in the laboratory.

    11. You know that book on the Great Patriotic War that you said you'd lend me, well if you've got it on you I could borrow it now.

    12. After a very tiring journey through Caucasus we decided to take a long rest before we embarked upon the next stage of our expedition.

    13. Volodya is a student of/in the daytime department in/at our institute. His sister Tatyana studies at/in the evening department.

    14. Within an hour you can be out of the centre/center of Moscow and find yourself in the beautiful area of her/its suburbs.

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    "Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language"

    Some of the sentences—in fact, most of them—could really use some commas.

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    first-year students
    It's a set expression. I don't know which language you have translated these sentences from, but for me 'the students of the first course' seems to be the calque from Russian.
    And 'class' is American, as far as I know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    first-year students
    It's a set expression. I don't know which language you have translated these sentences from, but for me 'the students of the first course' seems to be the calque from Russian.
    And 'class' is American, as far as I know.
    Correct. First-year students sounds better.

    In American universities (and high schools) there is also the term 'freshman' (sing.) and 'freshmen' (pl) for first-year students. I believe that they occasionally use the term 'fresher' in Britain, but somebody from the UK could correct me there.

    First year=Freshman
    Second year=Sophomore (the second 'o' is not pronounced)
    Third year=Junior
    Fourth year=Senior
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    Institute of Russian named after Pushkin --> Pushkin Russian Language Institute (someone beat me to it!)
    techniques--> technology
    Great Patriotic War --> World War II, or the Second World War.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matroskin Kot
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    first-year students
    It's a set expression. I don't know which language you have translated these sentences from, but for me 'the students of the first course' seems to be the calque from Russian.
    And 'class' is American, as far as I know.
    Correct. First-year students sounds better.

    In American universities (and high schools) there is also the term 'freshman' (sing.) and 'freshmen' (pl) for first-year students. I believe that they occasionally use the term 'fresher' in Britain, but somebody from the UK could correct me there.

    First year=Freshman
    Second year=Sophomore (the second 'o' is not pronounced)
    Third year=Junior
    Fourth year=Senior
    I was always craving for the name of the 5th year students.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    Rtyom wrote:
    I was always craving for the name of the 5th year students.
    You may mean something else but the straightforward answer is:
    postgraduate
    adjective
    U.K. education
    Same as graduate

    noun . . . student with bachelor's degree: somebody who has graduated from a university or college with a bachelor's degree, especially one who is studying for a higher degree
    Encarta(R) World English Dictionary [North American Edition] (2007) http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_18617 ... duate.html
    postgrad
    noun . . . ( informal ) Same as postgraduate

    adjective . . . Same as graduate
    Encarta(R) World English Dictionary [North American Edition] (2007) http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_70170 ... tgrad.html

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    Yes, sometimes students study for 5 or 6 years or longer. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are postgraduates.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    Here is another expression: career student
    I'm a 23 year-old recent college graduate currently becoming a career student and free spirit.
    http://thesassfactory.blogspot.com/2007 ... lurbs.html
    career student - a full time 25 year old art student who still lives in college dorms.
    ***** is lives in dorms with 18 and 19 year olds, he needs to get a job, can't hide from the real world forever.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p ... er+student (not limited to art students)

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    Hm, interesting, but I'm afraid not quite that again. ;D Thank you!
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