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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:25 pm 
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"Malcolm went abroad for 43 days from September 3rd to October 15th."

Answer says it's correct, but it is 42 days surely? :?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:28 pm 
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Not if you include both 3rd September and 15th October:

3-30th September =28days
1-15th October = 15days

Total 43days.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:34 pm 
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Do you include it though? Like three days from Monday would be Thursday isn't it, not Wednesday. :?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:55 pm 
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Presumably though he went on the 3rd and returned on the 15th, so you would include those days.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:01 pm 
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You would have to include both the dates - if you booked your annual leave I think you'd have to count them :wink: !


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:27 am 
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Now that makes it clear starmum! :D Thank you everyone.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:37 pm 
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It is a very ambiguous question.
In the Uk, we would count it as 42 days.

In Asia, they would count it as 43 (as I learnt when renting an apartment!)

Was this a multiple choice question?
If so, I think it would have been awful if two of the options were 42 and 43.
However, I think there would have to be some leniency as like I said at the start, it
is an ambiguous unfair question. I would be very surprised if something like this
came up in the exam.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:42 pm 
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Hi Elizabeth, interested why you say it would be 42 days in the UK. I automatically worked to 43 'cos as somebody said if you booked annual leave to cover the holiday you would need to book 43.

Not picking an argument (honest) just interested.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:03 pm 
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Elizabeth wrote:
Was this a multiple choice question?


No, it is from Athey Test Pack 5 (standard format) Paper 1. Question number 29. Place a [tick] in the box if the statement is correct and a [cross] if it is not correct.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:17 pm 
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Because, if you are going on holiday, you generally go for example from Saturday to Saturday (or whatever day) and tell people you are going for a week. And a week is seven days. Or a fortnight (14 days) even though the amount of time covered is 15 days.

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