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Old October 15th, 2017, 01:19 AM   #37281
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Such situations are not so uncommon in different tests... You must put yourself in the place of the person who designed the test and think what he could mean.

By the way, you won't rather call a place with 5000 inhabitants a city

So if they talk about the city centre, you should rather think New York and not a small town or village...

But even in a big city, the "near the city centre" term would be relative. For some 800 m will be near, for some it will be far...

Anyway, I believe he considered it near. It's a walking distance.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 01:44 AM   #37282
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That's true. Still, strange test question. I hope the test didn't count for anything important.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 02:09 AM   #37283
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Old October 15th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #37284
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Such situations are not so uncommon in different tests... You must put yourself in the place of the person who designed the test and think what he could mean.

By the way, you won't rather call a place with 5000 inhabitants a city

So if they talk about the city centre, you should rather think New York and not a small town or village...

But even in a big city, the "near the city centre" term would be relative. For some 800 m will be near, for some it will be far...

Anyway, I believe he considered it near. It's a walking distance.
I know, maybe a bad example. But still, the question is very nebulous. I have done some English testing and I know what is the main principle of such tests. There is e.g. common phrase, phrasal verb, or more advanced description of some situation and the candidate is supposed to make it out and it is possible only if they have enhanced knowledge. In the end, the answer is clear (for a native speaker)

But this question is (at least I suppose) unclear for a native speaker as well. Maybe if there was a an additional option (true/false/do not know).

I am a geographer and sometimes, vicinity is measured by different means. You may say: I live close to the city centre in terms of diagonal distance, but I live far from a city centre in terms of the Manhattan distance and in terms of public transport service. I know, speculation, but...

The same goes for another question:
Sentence: There is a large bookcase in the living room.

Question: There is a lot of books in the house. True/False?

Bloody hell, the size of a bookcase does not tell anything about the quantity of books in the house. Indeed if we made a regression analysis with two variables it may result in high correlation, but still, the house might include a lot of books even though there is no bookshelf, but at the same time, the large bookshelf could be empty.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 11:04 AM   #37285
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Hurricane Ophelia is approaching Europe. It will make landfall in Southwest Ireland as a post-tropical storm, potentially with hurricane-force winds.



It also pushes hot air across Western Europe. Temperatures 10 degrees above average are measured from southern Spain into the Benelux.

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Old October 15th, 2017, 01:22 PM   #37286
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I know, maybe a bad example. But still, the question is very nebulous. I have done some English testing and I know what is the main principle of such tests. There is e.g. common phrase, phrasal verb, or more advanced description of some situation and the candidate is supposed to make it out and it is possible only if they have enhanced knowledge. In the end, the answer is clear (for a native speaker)

But this question is (at least I suppose) unclear for a native speaker as well. Maybe if there was a an additional option (true/false/do not know).
I did many mock tests for the Cambridge English exams (those like FCE, CAE, CPE) - and such questions, where the answer could not be clear even for a native speaker, could be met quite frequently.

Not to mention e.g. the Polish driving licence tests, where you often have to consider what the question designer meant.
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35 degrees in Sevilla mid-October
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Smog in Northern Italy? There is a strong anti-cyclone over Europe. Between the anti-cyclone and hurricane Ophelia, hot air is carried north along the west side of Europe. Temperatures are forecast to reach 26 °C in the Netherlands tomorrow, which is absolutely ridiculous for mid-October.

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Old October 15th, 2017, 06:32 PM   #37289
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As for now, Poland has normal autumn temperatures. It could be colder, there hasn't been the first frost yet - but it's not far from the norm.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 11:05 PM   #37290
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Actually just usual autumn fog (visible also around Ljubljana and Zagreb). Winds from that cyclone did not pass over Alps.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 11:14 PM   #37291
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Actually just usual autumn fog (visible also around Ljubljana and Zagreb). Winds from that cyclone did not pass over Alps.
Really actually, it IS smog. Milan overcame pollution limits 5 days in a row and starting tomorrow it will implement a ban on older, more polluting vehicles. Turin could follow soon.
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Yeah, the Po Plain is grey, not white.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 10:53 AM   #37293
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Guys,

especially Hungarian-speakers, I have a question for you.

From the first construction in 19th century to the end of the WW2, my street was named Antonia's lane (Antónia út in Hungarian, Cesta Antónie in Slovak).

There is currently no street or road related to Antonia in Slovakia, but there are several streets or roads named after some Antonia in Hungarian towns. I would like to know: who is that street name after? Who is that Antonia?

There are several websites in Slovakia explaining the street names in Slovak cities. I guess something similar must be in Hungary too. But I have not been very successful in looking it up.
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I'm not Hungarion or Hungarian-speaking, but a quick google search came up with Marie Antoinette, Princess of Hungary. Her actual name was Maria Antonia, so I suppose that's where it comes from.
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I would like to know: who is that street name after? Who is that Antonia?
I have no idea and have not found anything. I suppose she could be some princess in the Austro-Hungarian imperial-royal family.
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Wildfires in Portugal and Spain plus Sahara dust creates a layer of ash, dust and smoke in the skies over Benelux and Germany. There are no clouds in the sky, but the sun doesn't get through the hazy airmass. Air quality is actually not that bad, the aerosols are higher up in the atmosphere.



This photo was taken at noon, not sunset.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 05:07 PM   #37297
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I'm not Hungarion or Hungarian-speaking, but a quick google search came up with Marie Antoinette, Princess of Hungary. Her actual name was Maria Antonia, so I suppose that's where it comes from.


Is that THE Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI of France, executed during the French Revolution?
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Sahara dust usually covers the Balkans also but during the summer months we get free sand from Libya
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Is that THE Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI of France, executed during the French Revolution?
Yup, she was the daughter of Maria Theresa.
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By the way, the summer has reached Poland too.

We don't have 27 degrees in Łódź - but about 20-21 - yes. In the TV weather forecast I watched today, they said, Wrocław (usually the warmest city in Poland) had 25 degrees today.
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