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Hello, native English speakers.
Would you check my sentences for the exam if you have time?

Question A
1. I'm looking forwar to meeting/seeing you.
2. It was so noisy I had to shout.
3. This question is hard/difficult to answer.
4. It is so nice of you to say that.
5. Do you know if/whether the shop is open today?
6. According to this book, these toweres were built in the ninth century.
7. How often does he come here?
8. If I knew the answer, I would have told you a long time ago.

Question B
Do all the questions have only one correct answer?
問2 日本語の意味に合うように に当てはまる語句を選択肢から一つ選びなさい。
①またお目にかかりたいと思います。 I hope you again.
(ア)see (イ)to see (ウ)seeing (エ) to seeing
②私はこの部屋の掃除を終えたばかりです。 I've just finished this room.
(ア)clean (イ)to clean (ウ)cleaning (エ)to cleaning
③あなたのお父さんとお会いしたことを覚えています。 I remember your father.
(ア)meet (イ)to meet (ウ)meeting (エ)to meeting
④私はその村に行ってみようかと考えた。 I considered to the village.
(ア)go (イ)to go (ウ)going (エ)to going
⑤私の体調のせいで、夫が子ども達の世話をしなくてはなりません。
my condition, my husband have to take care of the children.
(ア)because (イ)because to (ウ)because for (エ)because of
⑥息子にプリンターを直してもらおう。I'll get the printer.
(ア)my son fix (イ)my son to fix (ウ) my son fixed (エ)my son to fixed
⑦メアリーのおじいさんはロンドンに住んでいるようだ。 Mary's grandfather live in London.
(ア)seem (イ)seems (ウ)seem to (エ)seems to
⑧もしボブが手伝ってくれたら、私達はこれを一時間で終わる。
If Bob us, we'll finish this in an hour.
(ア)help (イ)helps (ウ)helped (エ)will help
⑨映画に行きませんか? to the movies?
(ア)What about to go (イ)What about to going (ウ)How about to go (エ)How about going
⑩このビデオ見てみたら? don't you watch this video?
(ア)Why (イ)How (ウ)Who (エ)What
⑪私はこれらの本を一冊も読んでいません。 I haven't read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
⑫私はこれらの本を一冊も読んでいません。 I havet read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
⑬私はこれらの本を全部読んだわけではありません。I haven't read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
⑭ジョンかフレッドのどちらかが来ます。 John Fred is coming.
(ア)Either/and (イ)Either/or (ウ)Neither/ or (エ)Neither/nor
⑮ジョンもフレッドもどちらも来ません。 John Fred is coming.
(ア)Not both/and (イ)Not both/or (ウ)Neither/ or (エ)Neither/nor
⑯この自転車は私のより大きい。 This bike is than mine.
(ア)more big (イ)more bigger (ウ)big (エ)bigger
⑰ちょっと赤ペン使わせて。Let your red pen.
(ア)me use (イ)me to use (ウ)use to me (エ)use me to
⑱コンサートは楽しかった。 I at the concert.
(ア)enjoyed (イ)was enjoyed (ウ)enjoyed myself (エ)was enjoyed myself
⑲ドアを閉めていただけますか。 Do you mind the door?
(ア)close (イ)closing (ウ)to close (エ)to closing
⑳あの女性は医者に違いない。 That woman be a doctor.
(ア)can (イ)must (ウ)can't (エ)mustn't

Question C
1 His next book will be published next month.
2 I managed to solve the math problem.
3 He is such a nice person/man/fellow/guy everyone loves him.
4 If Jane hadn't been injured/hurt at that time, she would be here with us.
5 I'd like you to go there again.
6 His doctor advised him not to smoke.
[Would it be wrong to say, "His doctor advised him to not smoke" instead?]
7 That problem is alittle different from/than this one.
8 I always confuse your car and mine. Both are the same type.
9 I made the same mistake as last time.
10 Don't forget to close the window.
11 I can't help employing/hiring him.
12 Not everyone is from Kyoto.
[Would you also say "Everyone is not from Kyoto"?]

Thanks in advance.

Hirashin
 

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Hello, native English speakers.
Would you check my sentences for the exam if you have time?

Question A
1. I'm looking forwar to meeting/seeing you.
2. It was so noisy I had to shout.
3. This question is hard/difficult to answer.
4. It is so nice of you to say that.
5. Do you know if/whether the shop is open today?
6. According to this book, these toweres were built in the ninth century.
7. How often does he come here?
8. If I knew the answer, I would have told you a long time ago.

Question B
Do all the questions have only one correct answer?
問2 日本語の意味に合うように に当てはまる語句を選択肢から一つ選びなさい。
①またお目にかかりたいと思います。 I hope you again.
(ア)see (イ)to see (ウ)seeing (エ) to seeing
②私はこの部屋の掃除を終えたばかりです。 I've just finished this room.
(ア)clean (イ)to clean (ウ)cleaning (エ)to cleaning
③あなたのお父さんとお会いしたことを覚えています。 I remember your father.
(ア)meet (イ)to meet (ウ)meeting (エ)to meeting
④私はその村に行ってみようかと考えた。 I considered to the village.
(ア)go (イ)to go (ウ)going (エ)to going
⑤私の体調のせいで、夫が子ども達の世話をしなくてはなりません。
my condition, my husband have to take care of the children.
(ア)because (イ)because to (ウ)because for (エ)because of
⑥息子にプリンターを直してもらおう。I'll get the printer.
(ア)my son fix (イ)my son to fix (ウ) my son fixed (エ)my son to fixed
⑦メアリーのおじいさんはロンドンに住んでいるようだ。 Mary's grandfather live in London.
(ア)seem (イ)seems (ウ)seem to (エ)seems to
⑧もしボブが手伝ってくれたら、私達はこれを一時間で終わる。
If Bob us, we'll finish this in an hour.
(ア)help (イ)helps (ウ)helped (エ)will help
⑨映画に行きませんか? to the movies?
(ア)What about to go (イ)What about to going (ウ)How about to go (エ)How about going
⑩このビデオ見てみたら? don't you watch this video?
(ア)Why (イ)How (ウ)Who (エ)What
⑪私はこれらの本を一冊も読んでいません。 I haven't read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
⑫私はこれらの本を一冊も読んでいません。 I havet read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
⑬私はこれらの本を全部読んだわけではありません。I haven't read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
⑭ジョンかフレッドのどちらかが来ます。 John Fred is coming.
(ア)Either/and (イ)Either/or (ウ)Neither/ or (エ)Neither/nor
⑮ジョンもフレッドもどちらも来ません。 John Fred is coming.
(ア)Not both/and (イ)Not both/or (ウ)Neither/ or (エ)Neither/nor
⑯この自転車は私のより大きい。 This bike is than mine.
(ア)more big (イ)more bigger (ウ)big (エ)bigger
⑰ちょっと赤ペン使わせて。Let your red pen.
(ア)me use (イ)me to use (ウ)use to me (エ)use me to
⑱コンサートは楽しかった。 I at the concert.
(ア)enjoyed (イ)was enjoyed (ウ)enjoyed myself (エ)was enjoyed myself
⑲ドアを閉めていただけますか。 Do you mind the door?
(ア)close (イ)closing (ウ)to close (エ)to closing
⑳あの女性は医者に違いない。 That woman be a doctor.
(ア)can (イ)must (ウ)can't (エ)mustn't

Question C
1 His next book will be published next month.
2 I managed to solve the math problem.
3 He is such a nice person/man/fellow/guy everyone loves him.
4 If Jane hadn't been injured/hurt at that time, she would be here with us.
5 I'd like you to go there again.
6 His doctor advised him not to smoke.
[Would it be wrong to say, "His doctor advised him to not smoke" instead?]
7 That problem is alittle different from/than this one.
8 I always confuse your car and mine. Both are the same type.
9 I made the same mistake as last time.
10 Don't forget to close the window.
11 I can't help employing/hiring him.
12 Not everyone is from Kyoto.
[Would you also say "Everyone is not from Kyoto"?]

Thanks in advance.

Hirashin
Question A
1. I'm looking forwar to meeting/seeing you.
(I'm looking forward to seeing you...if they are acquainted; if not, a first meeting (I'm looking forward to meeting you.)
2. It was so noisy I had to shout.
3. This question is difficult to answer.
4. It is so nice of you to say that.
5. Do you know if/whether the shop is open today? (Both work in this case
1.IF and WHETHER can be used interchangeably when
a) reporting yes/no questions
  • Will you help me do the shopping? (yes/no question)
  • I am not sure if I have time for this.
  • I am not sure whether I have time for this.)
6. According to this book, these towers were built in the ninth century.
7. How often does he come here?
8. If I knew the answer, I would have told you a long time ago.

Question C
1 His upcoming book will be published next month. (using "next" twice in the same sentence is redundant).
2 I managed to solve the math problem.
3 He is such a nice person everyone loves him. (Everyone loves him because he is such a nice person..."He" and "him" tell the reader it is a male. You could also use Everyone loves him because he is so nice.)
4 If Jane hadn't been injured/hurt at that time, she would be here with us.
(depends on usage of hurt...was it physically hurt, or because of an emotional hurt? An injury is physical. If, say, it is a broken leg you will use "If Jane hadn't been injured at that time, she would be here with us."
5 I'd like you to go there again.
6 His doctor advised him not to smoke.
[Would it be wrong to say, "His doctor advised him to not smoke" instead?]
7 That problem is a little different than this one.
8 I always confuse your car and mine. Both are the same type.
9 I made the same mistake as last time.
10 Don't forget to close the window.
11 I can't help employing/hiring him. (if he already works for you, "employing" is correct." If he is yet to be hired, "hiring" would be correct.
12 Not everyone is from Kyoto.
[Would you also say "Everyone is not from Kyoto"?]
Hope this helps you out.
 

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Edward kindly did A and C, so I'll do B.
By the way Edward, Hirashin teaches high school students with low ability - I would keep the sentence as 'His next book' not 'His upcoming book' to keep things simple.
Question B

⑤私の体調のせいで、夫が子ども達の世話をしなくてはなりません。
my condition, my husband HAS to take care of the children.
(ア)because (イ)because to (ウ)because for (エ)because of

⑦メアリーのおじいさんはロンドンに住んでいるようだ。 Mary's grandfather live in London.
(ア)seem (イ)seems (ウ)seem to (エ)seems to

As a grammar question, it's OK, but 'seems to live in London' sounds unnatural (I'd say 'Mary's grandfather probably lives in London'). How about
Mary -------- to be angry
with the same possible answers?

⑪私はこれらの本を一冊も読んでいません。 I haven't read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any
Do your students get the Japanese sentence with the test? If so, the question is OK If not, be aware that both 'any' and 'all' fit the sentence.

⑫私はこれらの本を一冊も読んでいません。 I havet read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any

Seems to be the same as 11. Note the typo 'havet'

⑬私はこれらの本を全部読んだわけではありません。I haven't read of these books.
(ア)no (イ)none (ウ)all (エ)any

See comment for 11.

⑭ジョンかフレッドのどちらかが来ます。 John Fred is coming.
(ア)Either/and (イ)Either/or (ウ)Neither/ or (エ)Neither/nor
OK if the students get the Japanese. If not, イ and エ are both OK.

⑮ジョンもフレッドもどちらも来ません。 John Fred is coming.
(ア)Not both/and (イ)Not both/or (ウ)Neither/ or (エ)Neither/nor
See comment for 14.

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In response to all that has been posted thus far:

A3: "Hard" is also OK here. It may have been slang or non-standard in the past, but is now certainly acceptable.

A8: "If I had known the answer..." is also fine here, and perhaps grammatically better. If you want to keep things simple for the students, though, it is OK to keep as is.

B7: If you want to keep the original question and still use "seems", then a more natural way to say this is "It seems that Mary's grandfather lives in London". However, the wording is different in this case ("seems that" instead of "seems to"). I agree with Lothor's suggestion for how to revise question B7, and think that this is the best solution in this case. Although you would need to make a slight change from what Lothor wrote:
Mary -------- be angry.

B12: "havet" should be "have" to produce the single correct answer of "none".

To explicitly answer your question regarding part B, yes, each question has one unique answer that matches the meaning shown in Japanese.

C1: Good writing generally avoids redundancy as much as possible. In this case, though, it is fine.

C3: What you wrote has a grammatical problem. The simplest fix is to add "that" before "everyone", although Edward's suggestions are more natural ways to say this. Another way to fix this would be by adding a semicolon:
He is such a nice person/man/fellow/guy; everyone loves him. If semicolons wouldn't cause trouble for your students, then I recommend this approach.
All of "person/man/fellow/guy" are fine; that part can stay as is.

C4: "Hurt" is also fine here. It is obvious from the context what is meant.

As for your question on C6, some language purists refuse to split an infinitive, and would consider placing "not" between "to" and a verb to be wrong. This thinking is slowly disappearing with each new generation, and many language experts consider such a rule unnecessarily pedantic. I consider "to not smoke" to be perfectly fine.

C7: There is some dispute regarding the use of "different from" and "different than". Most language experts consider both to be OK, and I recommend that you do that, as well.

C11 I can't help employing/hiring him. --- This particular sentence does not sound very natural. I recommend using something else in its place. An example of a natural-sounding sentence with the same grammar is "I can't help feeling the way (that) I do." I suspect that such a sentence is used much more commonly in Japanese than in English, which is why the English version sounds awkward.

C12: "Everyone is not from Kyoto" is awkward, so I recommend using only "Not everyone is from Kyoto".

General comment to @hirashin: it would be helpful for me (and probably all of us) if you explain exactly how you are using the content you are asking us to check. In sections A and C, for example, are you listing all possible variations of answers that will be considered correct if written by the students? Is that why you use slash marks (e.g. "meeting / seeing" in Q A1) throughout? Knowing the exact way this content is being used will better help us to check your work.
 

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Thank you all for the great help, Edward T., Lothor, and joadbres! I really appreciate it.

General comment to @hirashin: it would be helpful for me (and probably all of us) if you explain exactly how you are using the content you are asking us to check. In sections A and C, for example, are you listing all possible variations of answers that will be considered correct if written by the students? Is that why you use slash marks (e.g. "meeting / seeing" in Q A1) throughout? Knowing the exact way this content is being used will better help us to check your work.
Thank you for asking. Yes. Your guess is right. The sentences I put in Question A ad C are the intended answers as my Japanese-to-English translation problems.

The original problems are as below:
Question A
日本語の意味に合うように( )に一語ずつ英語を書き入れなさい。
Put a suitable word in each parentheses so that the sentence has the same meaning as the Japanese original.
1 あなたとお会いするのが楽しみです。
. I'm looking ( ) to ( ) you.
2 とてもうるさかったので、大声を出さなければならなかった。
. It was ( ) noisy I had ( ) shout.
3.この問題は答えるのが難しい。
 This question is ( )( ) answer.
4. そう言ってくださるとは、とてもお優しい。
It is so nice ( ) you ( ) say that.
5. そのお店が、今日やっているかどうか知っていますか。
 Do you know (  ) the shop is (  ) today?
6. この本によると、これらの塔は9世紀に建てられたそうだ。
 (  ) to this book, these toweres (  ) built in the ninth century.
7. 彼は、どのくらいの回数ここに来ますか。
How ( )( ) he come here?
8. もし私がその答を知っているなら、とっくの昔に君に教えただろう。
 If I (  ) the answer, I (  )(  ) told you a long time ago.


Question C
日本語の意味に合うように、下線部に英語を書き入れて英文を完成しなさい。語数の指定のないものは何語入れてもかまいません。
1 彼の次の本が来月出版されます。
 His next book              next month. [3語]
2 私は何とかその数学の問題を解いた。
 I               the math problem.[3語]
3 彼はとてもいい人なのでみんなから好かれています。
He is              everyone loves him. [4語]
4 ジェーンがあのとき怪我をしなかったら、今ここに私達と一緒にいるだろう。
 If Jane               at that time, she would be here with us.
5 あなたにまたそこに行っていただきたい。
 I'd               go there again. [3語]
6 医者は彼にタバコを吸わないように忠告した。
 His doctor advised him              . [3語]
7 その問題はこの問題と少し違う。
 That problem is               this one. [4語]
8  I always confuse your car and mine. Both are the same type.
[This is another question like below.]
次の各文の( )に当てはまる語を下の選択肢(ア)~(ニ)から記号で選びなさい。ただし、使わない語もあるので注意すること。 各1点 計10点
①Who was ( ) for the accident?
②I always ( ) your car and mine. Both are the same type.
③I hope to have a ( ) with them about the matter soon.
④The population of this country has ( ) dramatically in the first half of the century.
⑤In a democracy, people can vote to choose the ( ).
⑥He ate a little food, but not enough to ( ) his hunger.
⑦More than 1,000 people ( ) in the marathon last year.
⑧I don't like those shoes; ( ) they're too expensive.
⑨A cow is a large ( ) animal that is kept on farms and produces milk.
⑩Smoking is not ( ) in this room.

ア)allow イ)allowed ウ)satisfy エ)satisfaction オ)beside カ)besides キ)increase ク)increased
ケ)increasing コ)confuse サ)confusion シ)responsible ス)responsibility セ)participate ソ)participated
タ)participation チ)male ツ)female テ)govern ト)government ナ)discuss ニ)discussion

日本語の意味に合うように、( )の語を正しく並び替えなさい。ただし、大文字にするところは大文字にしなさい。 
①彼は気づかれないように、暗闇にじっと立っていた。
He stood quite still in the dark (be / not / to / as / so) noticed.
②私は前回と同じ間違いをした。 I (last/ the / mistake / made / as / same ) time.
③明日、できるだけ早く来なさい。 (as / as / come / possible / early ).
④私にとって英語を話すのはとても難しい。 It is ( for / to / very / speak / hard / me ) English.
⑤そのお茶は熱くて飲めなかった。 The tea (to / hot / drink / too / was).

次の文を[ ]に指定した語を用いて( )内の語数で英語に訳しなさい。動詞の形は必要な形に変えること。語数指定のないものは何語でもかまいません。 
①車を持ってたらなあ・・・。[wish](6語)
②私はそのペンを使ってみた。[try]
③窓を閉めるのを忘れないでね。[forget, close](6語)
④彼を雇わないわけにはいかない。[help](5語)→ I'll change this. How about
  そう感じざるを得ない。(5語)
 The intended answer: I can't help feeling so.
⑤全員が京都出身というわけではない。[everyone](5語)

I'd appreciate it if you would let me know when there are any mistakes in them.

Thank you.

Hirashin
 

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Having that additional information was definitely helpful. In light of that, I think the following responses are also acceptable. (Your students may not be familiar with some of these expressions, but if they happen to write any of these, I would recommend treating as correct.)
A7: How often has he come here?
C2: I somehow could solve the math problem.
C7: That problem is a bit different from this one.

I recommend adding a comma to the following problem, as shown:
⑧I don't like those shoes; ( ), they're too expensive.

I recommend adding some words to the following problem, as shown:
③明日、できるだけ早く来なさい。 Tomorrow, please (as / as / come / possible / early ).

Everything else looks OK to me.
 

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Thank you for your further help, joadbres. Would you help me with another exam I made, if possible?
 

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C2: I somehow could solve the math problem.
I have a question. Would (a) and (b) have the same meaning?
(a) I somehow could solve the math problem.
(b) I somehow was able to solve the math problem.

In my knowledge, (c) would be incorrect. Am I right?
(c) I could solve the math problem yesterday.

Can you say (a')?
(a') I somehow could solve the math problem yesterday.

Hirashin
 
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