Maths in the Army.


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Out of interest, what reserves unit are you looking at joining?


Better get signed up at your local college then.
The only arithmetic in the “new” army cognitive test is simple division and quick maths

Shows 2 sums
22/2 =
Which number is higher?
I propose another simple test. Whitch number is higher
A. 2/5 or 1/3
B. -3 or -4
C. TAN(1) or SIN(1)
3 right answers and - you'r in the army now.
I’ve written a few books in my time for fun, been told I write like the Sherlock Holmes writer even. my spelling especially on the internet is solid. I’ve seen people with really bad spelling so I know what you mean, gosh people double my age on Facebook spell like toddlers. in all honesty I’d call my maths ability basic and enough to survive in this world.
Lack of capitals is ok?


When it comes to writing I've always found the following guide useful
When it comes to writing I've always found the following guide useful
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Need the whole lot:
1. Always avoid alliteration.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. Avoid clichés like the plague -- they're old hat.

4. Employ the vernacular.

5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7. Parenthentical words however must be enclosed in commas.

8. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

9. Contractions aren't necessary.

10. Do not use a foreign word when there is an adequate English quid pro quo.

11. One should never generalize.

12. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

13. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

14. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

15. It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.

16. Avoid archaeic spellings too.

17. Understatement is always best.

18. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

19. One word- sentences? Eliminate. Always!

20. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

21. The passive voice should not be used.

22. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

23. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors -- even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

24. Who needs rhetorical questions?

25. Don't use commas, that, are not, necessary.

26. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.

27. Never use a big word where a diminutive alternative would suffice.

28. Subject and verb always has to agree.

29. Be more or less specific.

30. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.

31. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispelling and to catch typograhpical errers.

32. Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.

33. Don't be redundant.

34. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.

35. Don't never use no double negatives.

36. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.

37. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

38. Eschew obfuscation.

39. No sentence fragments.

40. Don't indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.

41. A writer must not shift your point of view.

42. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!!

43. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.

44. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

45. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

46. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

47. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

48. Always pick on the correct idiom.

49. The adverb always follows the verb.

50. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.

51. And always be sure to finish what




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I need that mug.


Link won't work, Google grammar expletive ceramic mug £6.99 from amazon


just been told I need a C in English and Maths to get in the army, but like I said I don’t have any qualifications of any kind due to the type of my education.
This isn't technically true. If your unit is happy for you to join (obviously ensuring you pass the relevant selection test) this can be ignored.
I need that mug.
I was that Mug at School.
The Army taught me to do Math's & English, so that's me fcuked!
When I trade trained or went on courses always someone worse than you!
Rules? The rule of thumb............ or not, in @flieslikeabeagle case
OI!!!! I missed this as I was away in Portugal when you posted it

It's only done n dusted that's allowed to take the piss out of my extra two digits (always it was helpful when we had 12 old pence in a shilling)... and he only gets away with it because he has webs between his toes


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As a Post Script. I bought one of those mugs from Amazon:)

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