It's going to be a quiz on Tuesday!

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  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Is there any context in which 'It's going to be a (party, quiz, sports day, exam, etc) on Tuesday! ' could be right?
    Not in the scenario you've originally asked about, no.

    The only context I can think of where that might work is where, for example, you had English lessons twice a week and the teacher decided the next one would take the format of a quiz, then you could say to a classmate (referring to the next lesson) "It's going to be a quiz on Tuesday".

    So basically there, "it" amounts to being something different from what "it" normally is.
     

    Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    Just an additional note: a 'quiz' (in BE, anyway) has the connotation of something you do for fun – general knowledge questions in teams against your friends, for example. If you have to stay in to study for something happening at school, it is more likely to be a 'test' or 'exam'.
     

    Creature from the Sun

    Senior Member
    Russian, K-Paxian
    Not in the scenario you've originally asked about, no.
    ...
    So basically there, "it" amounts to being something different from what "it" normally is.
    Just an additional note: a 'quiz' (in BE, anyway) has the connotation of something you do for fun ...
    If you have to stay in to study for something happening at school, it is more likely to be a 'test' or 'exam'.
    Thank you so much, DonnyB and Chez. Now I understand the case much better!
     

    Ponyprof

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    In North American English we do say quiz usually for a lower stakes shorter test that might be sprung on students with less notice, or none (a pop quiz).

    An exam is a more formal higher stakes test typically at the end of term (final exam) or midterm.

    Test is a general purpose word, it could refer to either of these.
     

    Creature from the Sun

    Senior Member
    Russian, K-Paxian
    In North American English we do say quiz usually for a lower stakes shorter test that might be sprung on students with less notice, or none (a pop quiz).

    An exam is a more formal higher stakes test typically at the end of term (final exam) or midterm.

    Test is a general purpose word, it could refer to either of these.
    Thank you, Ponyprof!
     
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