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Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework)



 
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Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework) #1 (permalink) Mon May 28, 2007 21:06 pm   Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework)
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test "much/many/a lot/lots", question 5

I have ......... of homework to do before tomorrow.

(a) a ton
(b) a tan
(c) a million
(d) a much

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test "much/many/a lot/lots", answer 5

I have a ton of homework to do before tomorrow.

Correct answer: (a) a ton

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hello eveyone,
i didn't understand this sentence
can anyone explain it to me please

correct sentence:
I have a ton of homework to do before tomorrow.

Correct answer: (a) a ton

Your answer was: incorrect
your sentence:
I have a million of homework to do before tomorrow.

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why ton?????
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Why ton? #2 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 6:06 am   Why ton?
 

It's an expression..."a ton of homework"...I guess it means the paper the homework is printed on weighs a ton...
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Why ton? #3 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 6:13 am   Why ton?
 

thanks alot for answering
but i still don't understand
there's nothing wrong with useing million in this sentence , right????
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Why ton? #4 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 6:41 am   Why ton?
 

I can understand perfectly what you mean if you use "million" in this case...however, that is not how native speakers would use it.
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Why ton? #5 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 6:48 am   Why ton?
 

And 'a million of' had better introduce a countable (noun), which 'homework' is not.
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Why ton? #6 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 7:19 am   Why ton?
 

Hi Delta,

'A ton of work' is not a reference to number but of quantity. It is used here as an exaggeration similar to 'I have an enormous amount/quantity of work to do'.

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Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework) #7 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 11:34 am   Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework)
 

Other ways of saying 'a lot of' are:
    - heaps of
    - loads of
    - a mountain of
    - a pile of
    - piles of
    - stacks of
    - quite a bit of
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Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework) #8 (permalink) Tue May 29, 2007 19:50 pm   Why ton? (Expression: I have a ton of homework)
 

thanks a lot everyone
it's really great to have all of you
here ready to help at anytime
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