[請教]Oxford practice tests for the TOEIC test

[請教]Oxford practice tests for the TOEIC test

台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:41 pm

P30

156. We looked to hundreds of documents before we found what we were looking for.

(A) looked to
(B) hundreds of documents
(C) what
(D) looking for

159. Fishing permits are normally issued to for only one season and for a limited number of fish.

(A) Fishing permits
(B) issued to
(C) season
(D) limited number

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According to the answer key of the book, the answer of No.156 is (A) look at; that of No.159 is (B) issued for.

Are they correct? It's curious that the answer is not "looked at" of No.156 since the sentence is in the past tense. In addition, is it normal that "Fishing permits are normally issued for for only one season and for a limited number of fish?" .....two for ???
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:41 pm

I don't see anything wrong with both of them. I mean I agree on the given answers.

look at somebody/something phrasal verb
1 to turn your eyes towards something, so that you can see it:
The twins looked at each other and smiled.
2 to read something quickly in order to form an opinion of it:
I really can't comment on the report - I haven't had time to look at it yet.
3 to examine something and try to find out what is wrong with it:
You should get the doctor to look at that cut.
Can you look at my car? There's a strange noise coming from the front wheel.
4 to study and think about something, especially in order to decide what to do:
We need to look very carefully at ways of improving our efficiency.
http://www.ldoceonline.com/

So,"We looked at hundreds of documents before we found what we were looking for." is right.

"Issue" is a transitive verb.
issue a passport/permit/visa etc
http://www.ldoceonline.com/
So, "Fishing permits are normally issued for only one season and for a limited number of fish." is right.

People with fishing permits usually can fish here for only one season and they can only catch a limited number of fish.

fish: plural fish or fishes
http://www.ldoceonline.com/
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

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lyh0626 寫道:
I don't see anything wrong with both of them. I mean I agree on the given answers.

So,"We looked at hundreds of documents before we found what we were looking for." is right.

The answer key of the book is "look at", but I suppose it should be "looked at" not "look at".
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

OoOoOoOops, my bad.
Then, it should be "looked at", not "look at".
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

引文:
lyh0626 寫道:
So, "Fishing permits are normally issued for only one season and for a limited number of fish." is right.


My answer is the same as yours.

But according to the answer of the book , it is "Fishing permits are normally issued "for for" only one season and for a limited number of fish?"

Why does it appear "for" two times?
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

They might have "unintentionally" printed "for" for twice.
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

Thanks for your reply. But for your help, I would not confirm my doubts.
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

Hi, Kaori, very glad to see you frequent ECT and post something here. I found an interesting question that I am not sure about. I know you won't mind my picking up your expression in question, so I am volunteering to discuss it with you.

We usually say s omething or someone else confirms someone's doubts (see **). It can hardly be seen that people say someone confirms their own doubts. Let's take a look at the sentence you wrote - But for your help, I would not confirm my doubts. Who or what confirmed your doubts? Lyh or what lyh explained confirmed them, right? Your "I would not confirm my doubts" hence sounds a little bit weird to me. I mean it's not you who confirmed the doubts. I'm not sure if your expression is definitely incorrect, though. Maybe we can say it like this - But for your help, my doubts would not have been confirmed. (I could be wrong. This is just for discussion.)

**From Longman Dictionary ( Click here ,and key in "confirm") and its Examples Bank:

Confirm:
4. to make you believe that your idea or feeling is right
confirm your fears/doubts/suspicions etc

*This just confirms my worst fears.
*A quick check outside confirmed my suspicions: we just weren't going up very fast.
*An hour later, when the shock was over, he confirmed my fears: I had broken two ribs.
*As I say, I doubt these assumptions, and some interesting studies have confirmed my doubts.
*I'd like a chance to confirm my suspicions.
*If we guess right, then we confirm his suspicions.
*Statements like this confirmed our suspicions about self-defeating organizational behavior patterns.
*Their placement in a remedial course confirmed their suspicions.
*When my relationship actually broke down, it confirmed my fears - I fell into depression and stopped going to work.
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台灣英語網1.0 » 週六 8月 22, 2015 9:42 pm

My grammar stinks as badly as my feet, but I disagree with the answer key.

“We look at hundreds of documents before we found what we were looking for” sounds absolutely weird to my ear. It doesn’t make sense at all. First, if you look at a document, you don’t really pay attention to the context; if you want to know what is recorded in a document, you read or review it. Think how weird it would be if I say “I am looking at a newspaper” while I am really reading it. Second, OK, maybe we did take a quick review, but looking at hundreds of documents takes time. We couldn’t look at all of them simultaneously. So, I’d say,

“We had (already) reviewed hundreds of documents before we found what we were looking for.”

As to Q. 159, there is nothing wrong with two for’s as there is no rule limiting the number of prepositions a sentence can use; use as many as you like if you do not care about boring the readers.
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