11 most common words
So, there's this quiz on Facebook. It's asking if we can identify the 11 most common English words. The format is to offer a definition or clue and then three choices.
The good news is they have the real 11 most common words. The bad news? The clues. Check this one out, for instance:
I don't know about you, but that sounds like "from", which is not one of the 11 most common. They want you to answer "of".
Or this one:
While "that" can be a pronoun, its presence on the list is mostly due to it's being a subordinator (as in sentences like "I think that this quiz is flawed."). And that "used to indicate a person, thing..." is a very odd way to explain a relative.
But those aren't the worst. This one is:
"A" is not a noun. Neither are "I" and "it", for that matter. They are pronouns. "A" is an article, which is a determiner, or a special kind of adjective if you prefer. And "the first in a set" is totally ridiculous. It denotes something previously unspecified or which the listener/reader cannot be expected to identify.
Here are the answers, by the way (by the way, I hit the wrong button for "be" and it won't let you go back. I do know that "exist, occur, take place" aren't definitions of "so"!):