UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CATAMARCA FACULTAD DE HUMANIDADES DEPARTAMENTO INGLES GRAMÁTICA INGLESA II

SEGUNDO EXAMEN PARCIAL

Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up? This question pops up everywhere, underlying concerns about “failure to launch” and “boomerang kids.” A cover of The New Yorker last spring picked up on the zeitgeist: a young man hangs up his new Ph.D. in his boyhood bedroom, the cardboard box at his feet signaling his plans to move back home now that he’s officially overqualified for a job. In the doorway stand his parents, their expressions a mix of resignation, worry, annoyance and perplexity: how exactly did this happen? It’s happening all over, in all sorts of families, not just young people moving back home but also young people taking longer to reach adulthood overall. It’s a development that predates the current economic doldrums, and no one knows yet what the impact will be — on the prospects of the young men and women; on the parents on whom so many of them depend; on society, built on the expectation of an orderly progression in which kids finish school, grow up, start careers, make a family and eventually retire to live on pensions supported by the next crop of kids who finish school, grow up, start careers, make a family and on and on.

Say whether these statements are TRUE or FALSE. Justify your answers. Provide other examples to back up your justification.

1. In the sentence in lines 1-2 the comma indicates apposition, 2. The NP “last spring” in line 2 modifies the head verb “picked up”. 3. The preposition “to” in “failure to launch” introduces a P-group inside another Pgroup (“about ‘failure to launch’ and ‘boomerang kids’”) in lines 1-2 4. “Signaling his plans to move back home now that he’s officially overqualified for a job” in lines 3-4 modifies the head noun “box” 5. The P- group “in the doorway” is a sentence modifier in the sentence in lines 4-5. 6. There is coordination between “young people moving back home” and “also young people taking longer to reach adulthood overall” in the sentence in lines 6-7 7. “A development that predates the current economic doldrums” in lines 7-8 is a noun phrase complementing a verb, namely, in object position. 8. “Yet” in line 8 is an adverb and not a coordinating conjunction. 9. “What the impact will be” is complementing the head verb in line 8 while “on the prospects of the young men and women” is modifying the same verb. 10. “The expectation of an orderly progression in which kids finish school, grow up, start careers, make a family and eventually retire to live on pensions supported by the next crop of kids who finish school, grow up, start careers, make a family and on and on” is object of the preposition “on” in the sentence in lines 7-10

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