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Why not safe or excited?



 
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Why not safe or excited? #1 (permalink) Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:52 am   Why not safe or excited?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #147 "Using Adjectives (6)", question 4

I am not bored and uninterested. I am ......... and interested.

(a) small
(b) confined
(c) safe
(d) excited

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #147 "Using Adjectives (6)", answer 4

I am not bored and uninterested. I am excited and interested.

Correct answer: (d) excited
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Why not safe or excited? #2 (permalink) Tue Oct 13, 2009 14:12 pm   Why not safe or excited?
 

'Excited' is OK; 'safe' is not.
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Why not safe or excited? #3 (permalink) Sun Jun 27, 2010 0:02 am   Why not safe or excited?
 

Hi,
shouldn`t this sentence be like (I am not bored OR uninterested. I am excited and interested).
And explain for me please why it`s not like that if am wrong and correct my post too if there is any grammatically mistak.
thanks a lot in advance.
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Why not safe or excited? #4 (permalink) Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:33 am   Why not safe or excited?
 

It is correct as it appears in the question.
To use the word 'or' indicates that the person is one or the other. In fact, he is (or rather he isn't!) both. He is not bored. He is not uninterested.
In addition, if you use 'or' in the first part, you should use 'or' in the second part.

Your corrected post would be:
Hi,
Shouldn't this sentence be, "I am not bored OR uninterested. I am excited and interested."?
Please explain why it's not like that if am wrong and also correct my post if there are any grammatical mistakes.
Thanks a lot in advance.

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Why not safe or excited? #5 (permalink) Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:14 am   Why not safe or excited?
 

Hi Mouhannad,

If you really wanted to 'refresh' the sentence in the test and give the contrast between alternatives (neither/nor), you would say:

I am neither bored nor interested. I am both excited and interested.

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