Lesson 4 Almost passing
As a student, I generally didn’t like taking tests because I didn’t like the pressure. Brian and Takashi are talking about a test Takashi’s class took. How did the students do?
Brian: How was the test?
Takashi: It was very easy. Everyone almost passed.
Isn't it great that "everyone almost passed"? Actually, "everyone almost passed" means nobody passed. If "almost" comes before a verb, it means that the verb didn't actually happen. For example, if the passing score is 60 and I got 59, I almost passed; that is, I came close to passing but didn't pass. Takashi should say, "almost everyone passed."