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A gait is a specific walking or running pace



 
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A gait is a specific walking or running pace #1 (permalink) Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:28 am   A gait is a specific walking or running pace
 

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ESL/EFL Test #755 "Vocabulary Practice: Horses (2)", question 10

A ......... is a specific walking or running pace as well as a pattern of foot movements that trained horses follow. For example, horses 'canter', 'trot' or 'gallop'.

(a) gait
(b) strut
(c) beat
(d) trait

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #755 "Vocabulary Practice: Horses (2)", answer 10

A gait is a specific walking or running pace as well as a pattern of foot movements that trained horses follow. For example, horses 'canter', 'trot' or 'gallop'.

Correct answer: (a) gait

Your answer was: correct
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Hello,

These sentences of Question 10 are ungrammatically constructed. Could you please amend them?

Thank you.

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A gait is a specific walking or running pace #2 (permalink) Sat Dec 04, 2010 14:59 pm   A gait is a specific walking or running pace
 

What do you find wrong with the construction here, Bhikkhu?
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A gait is a specific walking or running pace #3 (permalink) Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:19 am   A gait is a specific walking or running pace
 

Hello Mister Micawber,

First, Inverted commas or Quotation marks are used for unusual words, titles and so forth. But then, 'canter', 'trot' or 'gallop' are just normal words according to Cambridge Advanced Learnerís Dictionary. Therefore, they should not be treated as unusual words. Even Wikipedia online and Oxford advanced Learnerís Dictionary online explained that Inverted commas are for the purpose of unusual words, titles and so forth:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotation_mark.
2. http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/quotation-marks.

Second, I thought the second sentence with examples should be embedded in the first sentence.

Please correct me if I am wrong. Thank you.

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A gait is a specific walking or running pace #4 (permalink) Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:43 am   A gait is a specific walking or running pace
 

Wrong on both counts, I am afraid, Bhikku. Single quotes are also used to set out words qua words (i.e. the words in themselves), which is being done here. Also, in the style of these quiz sets, the second sentence is certainly an independent clause and can stand alone; it is the writer's style choice.
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A gait is a specific walking or running pace #5 (permalink) Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:58 am   A gait is a specific walking or running pace
 

Hello Mister Micawber,

Thank you for your invaluable expertise. I greatly appreciate it, especially when you pointed out the style choice of the second sentence was decided by the writer.

Many thanks.

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