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New grammar questions and topics available

You may have felt you’ve seen a few new grammar questions coming up recently and you’d be right – we’ve just uploaded another 50 questions on a range of new topics. This takes us up to 150+ possible questions across 30 English grammar topics, with more on their way.

But what are the available topics?

Well, here’s the full list as it stands right now. If we’re missing any that you’d like to see sooner rather than later, just let us know in the comments.

  • Articles
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Conditionals

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Game reboot!

Updates, updates! Recently we’ve been making a few tweaks to Grammar Gamble’s gameplay. Most importantly to the number of questions that players can answers per game.

You may have noticed something odd going on with the scores. It was first spotted by Emilia, a teacher using Grammar Gamble with her students, who pointed out that scores were maxing out at about $2,147,483,647. The game would let you keep playing, but the scores wouldn’t change.

This was caused by a couple of things – primarily us not appreciating the impact of exponential growth! Basically, if a number (say, the score) doubles at every turn, it’s going to get big very, very quickly. And it will get so big that, as a number, it can’t be stored easily in the database that powers the game.

The good news? We fixed it.

Well, we’ve now got a solution: logged in users can answer 50 questions before the game finishes. This still allows them to get a super high score if they answer every question correctly, feels like a good length of game, and it doesn’t crash the database. Plus, rest assured that the questions are still taken at random from our pool of questions, so no two games are exactly the same.

Plus: more English grammar topics on the way…

And more good news is coming! We’ve just had another 10 topics’ worth of questions written for us by Ineke, a TEFL teacher in Tanzania. Covering everything from article to conjunctions to word order, they’ll be uploaded in the coming days. Watch this space!

 

A new adventure in English learning

Hello. My name’s Richard Edwards, and I’m the founder of Grammar Gamble, a game for learning English. We recently launched it, and if you’re reading this blog post, chances are that you’ve already played it. I hope you liked what you found.

(But in case you haven’t, go go go and play it now.)

A long, long time ago…

Grammar Gamble has had a long inception, coming out of 7+ years working in BBC Education, my travels and teaching around Asia and my passion for building online communities – especially ones motivated by learning.

“Are you mad? People LOVE comparing their test scores!”

But by far the biggest contributor to Grammar Gamble has been this statement, made by a teacher I met when I was working as an Online Producer in BBC Education. At the time I was producing learning games for kids studying maths, English, history etc, all based on TV shows (it was a pretty cool job, for sure).

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