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ENGA3 Discourses Question June 2012

Beth Kemp | Sunday May 13, 2012

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Each of the following paragraphs has some merit, but also makes at least one common mistake that students make in answering this kind of question. What in each paragraph is worth keeping, and how would you improve each to avoid the mistake?

Bullet Point 1

Analyse and evaluate the ways these two texts use language to present their ideas about the use of English.

  1. “Unfortunately, English has never had any such academy” shows that the QES believes this to be a mistake, as it is something to be regretted. This is also seen by calling it an “omission that The Queen’s English Society hopes in time to make good”.
  2. Italics are used to show the contrast between “should be used” and “is used” in the first paragraph of Text E, emphasising the key difference between the prescriptivists and the descriptivists.
  3. In the sentence “The power of numbers carries the day regardless of the effect”, the adverbial shows the QES’s disapproval of this approach to language, by implying that this should not be the case.
  4. The QES is very critical of people, shown in the harsh language it uses to describe the errors shown in Text F. It talks about a “shoddy standard”, describes people as “careless” and says that not picking up on and correcting mistakes is “inexcusable”.
  5. The opening paragraph of Text F is made up of four simple sentences which all use the present tense.

Bullet Point 2

Evaluate the ideas of The Queen’s English Society, drawing on your knowledge...


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