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Query Details

Query Subject:   Test to find native English speakers
Author:   Roman Kutlak
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Translation

Query:   Hello, I would like to do an experiment that involves a language and I
would like to give my participants a simple test that determines whether
they are native English speakers. A colleague of mine recommended me a
Cloze test of the following form:

Fill in each blank with a word from the next set between { and }.
Scarcely ____ ____ {I, ME, HAD, WOULD, NEVER} brought down the gavel
when there was an outburst of shouting from the gallery. The junta had
sent ___ {THEIR, ITS, NO, IT'S, TO} infamous enforcers and they had begun
knocking journalists down and beating them with whatever came ___ {FOR,
FROM, TO, IN, AT} hand.

The provided solution was HAD, I, THEIR/ITS and TO/AT.

I was wondering whether this is a good way of doing it or whether there are
some standard tests/sentences.

Thank you very much.


Roman Kutlak
LL Issue: 23.43
Date posted: 03-Jan-2012


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