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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

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They hadn't spent the better part of 12 months training for it ...

Even a Swiss teacher I know who teaches German in a Zurich Gymnasium admits that in each test there are questions which are ambiguous.
As for marking the essays ... at least one school has no clear marking scheme, as another friend of mine found out when they asked for a review of their son's paper. Spoke to two different senior German teachers (on different days), got two very different explanations of why the essay wasn't acceptable. Neither had done the original marking of that particular essay.

As for those apostrophes ... if there are many Tinas, and they have parents, you can most certainly have the Tinas' parents. What would you use instead? The Tinas parents? The Tinas's parents? Or the Tina's parents?
The Oxford Dictionary doesn't specifically address having many people possessing something together, but does include guidelines on plural possessive nouns in general.
The thing is - it's not really the Tinas' parents when they mean all parents. They are not in fact particular parents, the Tinas' parents. Liz meant "Tinas and Remos" as all kids.
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