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Part-time work

Sample answers with teacher's comments

Compare how Caitríona and Seán have answered the questions. See why Seán has been given a higher mark.


An bhfuil post páirtaimseartha agat? Do you have a part-time job?

Although Caitríona

and Seán have given more or less the same information, Seán has used better structures and he will be given more marks for this effort.


Cad chuige an maith leat an post? Why do you like the job?

Caitríona has given three pieces of information

whereas Seán has given four pieces. Seán's answers display a higher level of language and his vocabulary is much better than Caitriona's.


Cad é mar atá an pá? How is the pay?

Caitríona's answer is very brief.

Seán has used some nice phrases and constructions in his answer. He has used precise vocabulary relating to work. Sean's answer is also extended and contains more information.


Cad é a dhéanann tú leis an phá? What do you do with the pay?

Caitríona's answer is very brief here.

Seán on the other hand has included what he buys and why he buys it. He has extended his answer in this way. He has also used better phrases and more vocabulary.


Cad é a dhéanann tú? What do you do?

Caitríona has used the same verb three times and this appears to show that she has a limited vocabulary.

Seán has given a more extended answer and he has used verbs and other vocabulary associated with work.

Although Caitríona has made some effort to extend her answer it lacks the depth of answer given by Seán. Seán's answer is extended and he has shown the examiner that he can use certain grammatical structures correctly.


Ar mhaith leat an post seo a dhéanamh go lánaimseartha? Would you like to do this job full-time?

Caitríona answers as briefly as possible and gives only one reason for her choice.

Seán answers at length, showing the examiner that he can use a range of grammatical constructions and vocabulary.

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