On the Subject of English Tests

The art of making sense of nonsensical phrases for the purpose of avoiding giving a correct answer that the tester deems wrong.

  • You need to be at their wedding.
  • He said he'll get there in a hurry.
  • I don't know what they're thinking.
  • How much does this count from their point of view?
  • Look over there!
  • It depends on whether they're still thinking about it.
  • If you don't do well, your grades will be lowered.
  • If you don't do well, you're getting a lower grade.
  • Your pizza is on its way.
  • You're delivering the lines quite well.
  • I borrowed your ballpoint pen.
  • I saw you're quite nice.
  • She and I both drink cappuccino.
  • He recognized her and me in the photo.
  • He and I tried to get the cat out of the tree.
  • The cat pounced on him and me to get off the tree.
  • I can swim as much as he.
  • He'd rather go with me than with him.
  • I can run as much as she.
  • She'd rather go with me than with her.
  • This recipe needs less sugar.
  • This recipe needs fewer sugar cubes.
  • I run less than he.
  • I run fewer kilometers than he.
  • The detective already knew who killed him, but I had no idea.
  • With whom were you texting last night?
  • Who is our newest employee?
  • Whom did we hire most recently?
  • Say what you will, but Star Trek is definitely better than Star Wars!
  • The teenager defiantly refused to clean his room.
  • Yes, we definitely talked about this before.
  • She defiantly stared at him, but stopped herself from yelling at him.
  • This old paint was laced with lead.
  • The metal refinery was led by professionals.
  • You need to cite that Web page.
  • You need to include the URL to the site you quoted.
  • Did you sight the bird yet?
  • I watched the cat lie down on the plush.
  • The cat lay on the plush all morning.
  • Peter should lie on the ground.
  • Peter should lay the box down there.
  • Peter laid the box down there.
  • You shouldn't have ended the paragraph there.
  • I just don't know what I should have done to resolve the conflict.
  • Oh, you should have seen his face when I broke the news to him!
  • If you told me about it, I would have looked it up.
  • I wouldn't have done that if I were you.
  • The boy said that he may or may not have broken the vase.
  • You might have been a genius all along.
  • I could have been there if I weren't busy.
  • He couldn't have known what would be the better idea.
  • I asked every question I could of him.
  • Its wings span five meters.
  • It's a bird with five-meter wings.
  • The anime's story is bland, but at least its effects are good.
  • The anime's story is bland, but at least it's not dubbed.
  • Let's travel to the capital city.
  • Let's see the view from the capitol.
  • The capital of Japan is Tokyo.
  • Let's visit Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
  • This will affect our business negatively.
  • This will have a negative effect on our business.
  • He sported a snarky affect at the question asked to him.
  • Don't let him affect you!
  • Use the low-pass effect to cut out the tinny sound.
  • You can see from the dent that the boulder impacted the roof of the car.
  • The impact sound effect sounds a bit too weak.
  • For geometric construction you only need two things, i.e. a compass and a straightedge.
  • Electric devices, e.g. smartphones, should be turned off in the theater.
  • America's personal savings rate was negative in 2005-i.e. consumers spent more than they made!
  • Prohibitions of illegal substances (e.g. LSD and meth) has never worked.
  • The story piqued my interest.
  • Let's take an exclusive sneak peek at the movie!
  • His glare peaked my anxiety.
  • I think about this a lot.
  • A lot of you have been asking me the same thing.
  • Allot some more time for homework.
  • My belt is loose.
  • Don't lose your focus.
  • My favorite Eminem song is Lose Yourself.
  • My favorite D4 song is Get Loose.
  • I'd rather be with you than without you.
  • Tonight I'll eat dinner then take a bath.
  • I like red better than yellow.
  • Paint this one red then paint the next one yellow.
  • He complimented her eyes.
  • Her eyeshadow complemented her eyes.
  • The batter hit the ball farther than the last batter did.
  • I don't know how to get further past this level.
  • No further comment has been provided.
  • My house is farther from the school than yours.
  • Our youth spend an alarming number of hours browsing the Internet.
  • Our youth spend an alarming amount of time browsing the Internet.
  • You should reduce the number of eggs in the recipe.
  • You should reduce the amount of milk in this recipe.
  • This dress is to be worn at prom.
  • This dress is too tight for me.
  • This dress is two sizes bigger than my size.
  • I won't accept failure.
  • I won't settle for anything except success.
  • His first choice wouldn't accept him.
  • She didn't send the email to anyone except him.
  • "Jesus helped me through tough times," reported the devout Christian.
  • Upon being denied a candy cane, the toddler threw a tantrum.
  • Wow, I never thought you'd actually get through with it.
  • My favorite Lonely Island song is I Threw It on the Ground.
  • The fluorescent light diffused on the bomb's surface.
  • At this rate, we can't defuse the bomb on time!
  • Let's visit the Statue of Liberty.
  • At the hospital, she measured her weight and stature.
  • We cannot work on Sundays because of the statute regulating it.
  • When parking, pull down the side brake to make sure your car stays stationary.
  • Don't steal the office stationery!
  • This plank of wood is three by twelve inches.
  • This book is written by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • You shouldn't buy so much stuff on Amazon Prime.
  • Bye, I'll see you tomorrow.
  • I'm out of breath.
  • I find it difficult to breathe without an inhaler.
  • Take a drink if you're thirsty.
  • She looks like she once drank from the spring of youth.
  • This kind of tea was drunk in Japan since the early eighth century.
  • Just a sip of alcohol makes me feel too drunk.
  • The politician made a statement, but forgot to be discreet about it.
  • Don't confuse these two discrete problems.
  • Without encryption, we wouldn't be able to send discreet messages online.
  • It's perfectly normal and healthy for a couple to sleep in discrete bedrooms.
  • I've sailed the seven seas.
  • Let's use whichever our customer sees fit.
  • The government cannot seize your property without reason.
  • My aquatic biology grades have been under C's.
  • I don't know if the weather will be nice on Saturday.
  • I don't know whether I'll need an umbrella.
  • We should raise the minimum wage.
  • The rays of sunshine cut into the house through the window.
  • They could only watch the hurricane raze their neighborhood.
  • The bears wander through the forest.
  • The astronomers wonder how long the rover could stay active.
  • I rolled a 1 on a 20-sided die, resulting in a critmiss.
  • Yahtzee is played with five dice.
  • You either live or you die.
  • We should add some more information.
  • Nobody likes unskippable ads.
  • I accidentally said that aloud, didn't I?
  • Am I allowed to wear sleeveless shirts?
  • We waited for him to stand behind the altar.
  • Can we alter the design of the steeple?
  • The sequel ruins her entire character arc!
  • How much modern technology did he use to build that ark?
  • The dog was baited to join the investigation.
  • The dog waited with bated breath.
  • The area of a triangle is one half base times height.
  • The DJ is about to drop the bass!
  • Cutting that wire blew the fuse.
  • Do I cut the blue wire?
  • When turning a corner, don't forget to brake your car.
  • Good grief, give me a break.
  • This diamond ring weighs 1 carat.
  • Insert a space at the caret.
  • Hey, did you know that carrots are good for your eyesight?
  • The diamond ring is set in 18-karat gold.
  • The instructions were unclear; I'm stuck on the ceiling fan.
  • They're sealing the leak up there.
  • Abraham Lincoln's head is carved in the one-cent coin.
  • Can you smell the scent of bacon?
  • I sent you that email yesterday.
  • I found this toy in a cereal box.
  • The serial number is even.
  • I heard a majestic choral arrangement of this song.
  • The coral reefs are dying.
  • Ever since, the shootout at the O.K. Corral became iconic of the Wild West genre.
  • First sand the wood with coarse sandpaper.
  • Our ship is straying off our course.
  • The door to the mansion made a loud creak.
  • The birds landed to bathe themselves in the creek.
  • That venison is pretty dear.
  • I froze like a deer in the headlights.
  • Yes, we definitely discussed this before.
  • Ugh, your Crocs disgust me!
  • Don't provoke someone just to elicit a reaction.
  • The politician was accused of illicit activities.
  • The Monsplode fainted from your attack.
  • The Monsplode feinted before striking for real.
  • Seeing dead bodies no longer fazed the investigator.
  • It's not a phase, Dad!
  • You will find 50 dollars on the street.
  • You will be fined 50 dollars for illegal parking.
  • His parkour is full of flair.
  • The solar flare could even annihilate our civilization!
  • A flea and a fly in a flue were imprisoned, so what could they do?
  • Said the fly, let us flee; said the flea, let us fly.
  • Her wide gait showed me how urgent she was.
  • The gate was held wide open for me.
  • We just can't be idle anymore.
  • The teen idol was stabbed to death in her own shower.
  • The poet wrote an idyll inspired by Heidi.
  • This room has bad lighting.
  • The lightning flared up the sky for an instant.
  • I was lightening my bag when I heard it.
  • I'll return my five-dollar loan when it's time to pay for dinner.
  • The girl is the lone survivor of the terrorist attack.
  • Can you lend me some money?
  • Where's the meat of your speech?
  • I can't wait to meet you in person!
  • The judge will mete out the punishment if he is guilty.
  • I'd row with you if I had an extra oar.
  • Either you're a genius, or very bored.
  • But all the water Simon had was in his mother's pail!
  • After I spilled that paint, my face went pale.
  • The chef knew how to pair wine with cheese.
  • You need to pare the fruit before eating it.
  • The pears we eat in Japan look like apples.
  • The “k” sound is produced at the soft palate.
  • You need to limit the color palette further.
  • The forklift can't lift that box; it's not on a pallet.
  • What will the robin do then? Poor thing!
  • I watched her pore over my essay.
  • Pour the batter into the pan.
  • Praise be onto him.
  • He prays to Jesus.
  • The whale preys on plankton.
  • The earlier rules have precedence over the later ones.
  • There have been no precedents of this kind of surgery.
  • I've got presidents in my wallet.
  • Stop making such a racket in the dorm!
  • Now press the button with the ping-pong racquet symbol.
  • I couldn't cross my T's just right.
  • Bar Mitzvah is the Jewish rite of passage for boys.
  • He needed to bring his coach to the wheelwright to have it fixed.
  • Oh no, I forgot to write my essay!
  • I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known.
  • I rode into town on a horse with no name.
  • I rowed the boat as hard as I can!
  • If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it!
  • I'm going to wring this cloth; it's too damp for me to keep wiping.
  • The organization plays an integral role in fish trading.
  • I'm on a roll today. Bring the bombs on!
  • He cracked open his skull and needed over twenty seams.
  • It seems that the clothes have started to fall apart.
  • I went down the stairs to see everyone glaring at me.
  • If looks could kill, those stares would have demolished me.
  • A box full of stuff for less than 20 dollars a month? What a steal!
  • Superman is also known as the Man of Steel.
  • Let me get the record straight: I'm not gay!
  • Swimming across the Bering Strait is not a simple task.
  • It's quite simple, though, if you're familiar with English.
  • I've never really thought about that...
  • I've tried, but it was all in vain.
  • The weathervane fell off the top of the tower.
  • The anger made his vein pop out.
  • Stories vary wildly.
  • This is bad, very bad.
  • I can't wait to eat this bagel!
  • He has a weighted blanket.
  • SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.
  • I'm sleeping for a week.
  • This is an everyday occurrence.
  • This happens every day.
  • The employee feared that when the prefect became the CEO, he would have his pay cut.
  • Wow, you look perfect today!