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Written English test to cost 33,000 drivers their jobs

Discussion in 'Sydney | Uber Drivers Forum' started by Hamish Solomons, Mar 28, 2017.

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    I did not click on the news article, but thought it would be a good discussion point.

    I'd love to see less drivers or at least a slow down in the flood of new drivers coming through.

    And this will do it.

    Bring it I say!

    @Laughter .. you'll have to brush up on your Engrisshhh haha
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  2. skyco

    skyco Active Member

    Where about is it?

    A bloody good idea I'd say. Bring it on
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  3. Moober68

    Moober68 Active Member

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  4. Fetching Is Fun

    Fetching Is Fun New Member

    Well my English is superfluous... (Wait, what? Ahhhh forget it)
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  5. Riders Champion

    Riders Champion Well-Known Member

    Mines superfragilistic...
  6. how do u judge how good ur english is? by the way u type? sometimes im lazy other times i try harder.. profecciency in english is all the same even though i shouldnt use big words that i cant spell.
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  7. Fetching Is Fun

    Fetching Is Fun New Member

    Sometimes I type with my nose. Its fun but not terribly accyrate.
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  9. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman Member

    I have noticed recently that a lot of Uber drivers have poor communication skills. I can tolerate broken English (if they are trying to learn) but what I don't like is when they make no effort to be polite or respectful. What happened to common decency?
  10. Riders Champion

    Riders Champion Well-Known Member

    Just realised I myself needs some English tuition!!!



    Please help with several examples.

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  11. Cold Gin

    Cold Gin Member

    OK, because you asked:

    Affect is a verb. It is an action.
    “By capping surges, Uber affected (ie did something to) my earning ability on new year's eve.”

    Effect is a noun. It is a thing.
    “The effect (ie the resulting thing) was I earned five hundred dollars less than expected.”

    A tip: “the” is an article, and can only be used before a noun. Putting “the” before “effect” in a sentence will make some kind of sense, even if it sounds a bit odd, but putting “the” before “affect” will never make any sense. (“By capping surges, Uber the affected my ability...”)

    Enquire and inquire have the same meaning, and are largely interchangeable. The protocol usually, though, is to reserve inquiry for formal applications. That is, you would make an enquiry at a store, whilst the police would conduct an inquiry.

    Does that help?
  12. Riders Champion

    Riders Champion Well-Known Member

    Awesome! Thanks
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  13. Laughter

    Laughter Member

    Love this! Hoping I remember it in future.

    Any more lessons? :)

    stationary (standing still)
    stationery (office supplies)
    Is that right?

    Practice (doctors practice)
    Practise (soccer practice)
    Is that right?

    Doctor or Docter?
    Doctor i think.

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  14. Cold Gin

    Cold Gin Member

    You're welcome! Other modules in this course:

    Canceled or cancelled? Or,
    Further or farther? Or,
    Who vs whom?
  15. Cold Gin

    Cold Gin Member

    4.5/5 - Excellent!
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  16. Laughter

    Laughter Member

    So where did i mess up?
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  17. Cold Gin

    Cold Gin Member

    Missing apostrophe. Sorry - there's no overlooking that, I'm afraid!
  18. Laughter

    Laughter Member

    Cancelled. And Americans use canceled. Or do we have an instance to use it too?

    I want to further my relationship with uber.
    I want to travel farther than katoomba on sydney rates.

    To whom am i speaking to?
    Who is the robot?
    Whom when referring to a specific person?
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  19. Cold Gin

    Cold Gin Member

    You're right - cancelled is the correct British English.

    In both of your further/farther examples, however, "further" is the correct word to employ. "Farther" is used when referencing a specific distance. Ie "How much farther...?" That said, the word is rather antiquated, and "further" is acceptable in all cases these days.

    Who vs whom...

    This is a little trickier! Are you sure you want me to crap on about this?

    Feel free to tell me to STFU at any time!

    "Who" refers to the subject of a clause, and "whom" the object of a clause. Think of it as there being someone who's doing something (subject) on one hand, and someone who's having it done to them (object) on the other.

    "The driver (subject) delivered the rider (object) to their destination."

    "Who (subject) delivered the rider?"
    "Whom (object) did the driver deliver?"

    Another example:

    Who made the phone call? Whom did he call?

    A way to help remember: "He made the phone call to him." Him ends in M, as does whom. Try rephrasing sentences in this way, and put "whom" where you would have "him." This works because the pronouns "he" and "him" are subjective and objective, too. You wouldn't say "him made the phone call to he!"

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  20. Riders Champion

    Riders Champion Well-Known Member

    This is cool. Keep on doing it whenever you like.
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