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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."

グローバルコミュニケーション研修のことなら何でもご相談ください。

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