If you guys weren’t so lazy, you might even be able…

This is a common error in many student tests.  I have told them about it (“Make sure not to shorten your answers”) on an almost weekly basis, but the fact that it still happens allows me to consider it sheer laziness.

 

“Nocturnal- of or relating to”

“Irrevocable- not able to”

and so on.

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2 thoughts on “If you guys weren’t so lazy, you might even be able…

  1. I don’t think this is laziness. It’s more likely evidence of the limits of rote memorization as a study method. It looks like the students are writing down as much of the definition as they can remember. Maybe they hope for partial credit for a partial answer, but it seems that even if they had remembered the definition, they might still have failed to retain the meaning.

    • Often, they will show me the paper they studied from, trying to “prove” that they are right and I am wrong. “My dictionary said ‘of or relating to!'” I’m sure it did, but I’m even more certain that it said something else after that, and that’s the most important part of the definition.

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