chapter  7
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Ronald Carter Politics and Knowledge About Language: The Linc Project

Here is part of a General Secondary Education paper set for 15-16-year-old pupils in Britain in the 1940s. Questions of this kind about grammar constituted between 20 and 30 per cent of the total examination paper:

Question 1

(a) Analyse into clauses the following passage. Give the grammatical description of the clauses and show their connection with each other:

In that year (1851) when the Great Exhibition spread its hospitable glass roof high over the elms of Hyde Park, and all the world came to admire England’s wealth, progress and enlightenment, there might profitably have been another ‘exhibition’ to show how our poor were housed and to teach the admiring visitors some of the dangers that beset the path of the vaunted new era.