Like mother like daughter, unfortunately.

Had this exchange with a student recently:

 

Student: “You know how when it is more than one percent, you say percents, right?  Like ‘I just got one hundred percents on my English test.'”

Me: “You almost never say ‘percents’.  You just say ‘I got one hundred percent.”

Student: “No, my mom says I need to get one hundred percents on all my tests.”

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8 thoughts on “Like mother like daughter, unfortunately.

  1. The second usage isn’t all that odd.

    I need to get A’s (plural) on all my tests.

    I need to get all 100 percents (plural) on all my tests.

      • “This is hilarious! Did you explain to the girl what her mother meant?”

        Reply
        middleschoolproverbs says:
        November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

        I did my best!

        Obviously not –

        Patrick says:
        November 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm
        The second usage isn’t all that odd.

        I need to get A’s (plural) on all my tests.

        I need to get all 100 percents (plural) on all my tests.

        Reply
        middleschoolproverbs says:
        November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm
        You’re right, but in my student’s case, she was referring to a singular noun, test.

        Change your post to reflect ‘test’ rather than tests. or admit your wrong…one of the two

      • *you’re. Make your complaints grammatically correct next time.

        PS- love the site. As a soon-to-be elementary school teacher, I feel your pain. I have had some TRULY ridiculous conversations with my students, but they just strengthen my desire to teach ;)

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  3. Aninymouse = grammar police fail

    Darren’s “your” could actually be correct if he was using “wrong” as a noun.

    p.s. I love the site. Keep fighting the good fight.

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