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Actual vs. topical #1 (permalink) Thu Dec 30, 2004 8:52 am   Actual vs. topical
 

Test No. errors/inter-1 "Save money now", question 9

I read today in my newspaper the topical words that the President spoke at the meeting.

(a) read
(b) my
(c) topical
(d) spoke

Test No. errors/inter-1 "Save money now", answer 9

I read today in my newspaper the actual words that the President spoke at the meeting.

Correct entry: actual
The error was: (c) topical
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Actual #2 (permalink) Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:40 am   Actual
 

Actual words in this sentence means the exact words that the President used. Topical describes something that is up to date or refers to something happening now. A topical television programme would deal with events that are current.
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Actual vs. topical #3 (permalink) Sun May 25, 2014 19:54 pm   Actual vs. topical
 

Dear Mr. Alan,

then why the exact words is wrong?
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Actual vs. topical #4 (permalink) Sun May 25, 2014 23:52 pm   Actual vs. topical
 

'Exact words' would not be wrong, but it is not given as an option in the this particular test.
Only one correct answer is given in the multiple choice questions. It would be very difficult to make a decision if there were two totally correct answers to choose from.
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Actual vs. topical #5 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 9:30 am   Actual vs. topical
 

This is not a multiple choice test.
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Actual vs. topical #6 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 9:56 am   Actual vs. topical
 

Hi Abuseifein,

I think that 'actual' is more appropriate because it suggests that these are the words that the President actually (in reality) spoke. 'Exact words' would suggest some kind of comparison with what another newspaper had reported.
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Actual vs. topical #7 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 10:05 am   Actual vs. topical
 

Alan wrote:
This is not a multiple choice test.

In message #1 see a question followed by 4 possible answers. If that is not a multiple choice test, what is it?
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Actual vs. topical #8 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 10:08 am   Actual vs. topical
 

Alan wrote:
Hi Abuseifein,

I think that 'actual' is more appropriate because it suggests that these are the words that the President actually (in reality) spoke. 'Exact words' would suggest some kind of comparison with what another newspaper had reported.

It is possible to use 'exact words' in the test sentence as there is no indication which meaning is required because there is no further context.
The only reason 'exact words' cannot be used is because it is not a choice in the options.
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Actual vs. topical #9 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 10:11 am   Actual vs. topical
 

You obviously know what I mean - I am referring to your comment

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Only one correct answer is given in the multiple choice questions.

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Actual vs. topical #10 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 10:17 am   Actual vs. topical
 

I have no idea what you mean.
My comment referred to the multiple choice question under discussion... as does my comment in message #8.
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Actual vs. topical #11 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 11:27 am   Actual vs. topical
 

The point I am making is that you said the only reason 'exact words' can't be used is because it is not a choice in the options but then neither is 'actual'!
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Actual vs. topical #12 (permalink) Mon May 26, 2014 11:54 am   Actual vs. topical
 

Ah yes, now I see and understand what you are getting at.
I had seen the structure and assumed a multiple choice question. My apologies for that.

My answer to Abuseifein should actually have been:
The computer database cannot think for itself and can only accept the word the test writer put into the system. The word the test writer chose was 'actual' and this is the only answer the computer will accept as being correct, even though other words (such as 'exact', 'precise', 'opening' or 'final') may fit.
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