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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:14 pm 
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This is Type B "Related Words" question:

medicine cure illness heal remedy

The answer given is: medicine, illness
presumably by reading the other words as verbs: to cure; to heal; to remedy.

However, both DD and myself selected the answer: illness, heal
by reading the other words as nouns: the medicine; the cure; the remedy.

What do other posters think of our alternative answer?

Does anyone know if there is a published errata list for the Bright Sparks
test papers - or even an informal list which has been collated elsewhere.

Cheers,
Nick.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:40 pm 
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Nick9 wrote:
This is Type B "Related Words" question:

medicine cure illness heal remedy

The answer given is: medicine, illness
presumably by reading the other words as verbs: to cure; to heal; to remedy.

However, both DD and myself selected the answer: illness, heal
by reading the other words as nouns: the medicine; the cure; the remedy.

What do other posters think of our alternative answer?

Does anyone know if there is a published errata list for the Bright Sparks
test papers - or even an informal list which has been collated elsewhere.

Cheers,
Nick.


I guess you could consider that to cure, to heal, to remedy are more similar than the medicine, the cure, the remedy, in that medicine doesn't necessarily work, whereas the implication of cure and remedy, is that they do.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:35 pm 
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Hi Nick

I went for the correct ones but can see where you are going with your answers too. This can happen which is why my dd and I find it better to put the words in sentences.

I ask my daughter to put the words into sentences and then to say them to herself in the same way with all the words so she would say to herself

You can heal, you can remedy, you can cure, you can medicine, you can illness last two don't go.


Mel


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:49 pm 
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Hi Mel,

I agree, sentences are very helpful.
But in this case I don't think they help in choosing between the two possible answers:

Mel X wrote:
You can heal, you can remedy, you can cure, you can medicine, you can illness last two don't go.


You take the medicine, you take the cure, you take the remedy - ok.
You take the illness, you take the heal - don't go.

Nick


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Hi Nick

I think that both solutions are valid. I don't think this one has come up before, although Patricia may know more than me, as she watches this section more thoroughly than I can.

There are occasional ambiguities and errors in the practice materials on the market. It is unusual to find one in Bright Sparks because they have been around for some while - it tends to be mainly newly published materials that have problems. That is probably the reason that there is no errata sheet.

One thing to put your mind at rest though - the vast majority of real papers are very heavily checked and trialled before use in actual tests, and there should be no ambiguities. That is certainly the case for NFER.

Sally-Anne


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