THE TRICKY QUESTION of the day:
How many parliaments are there in Britain?
Write down your answer - just the number.
Now, answer the following questions, and also write down your answers.
How many local parliaments are there in the UK?
How many local parliaments are there in England?
How many parliaments are there in the UK?
Now check your answers. Your numbers should be, in this order:
Did you get it right?
Where’s the trick?!
If the question is about “parliaments”, don’t forget to include the Westminster - the actual parliament of the United Kingdom.
If the question is about “local parliaments”, there are only 3:
the parliament of Scotland
the Assembly of Wales
the parliament of Northern Ireland, also known as Stormont
The very first question used the word “Britain” instead of “UK”, therefore, you must exclude the parliament of Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland is not part of Britain.
The third question was about England. There is NO English parliament; there was one in the past, but only until 1707. (You don’t need to remember that). So, because we are asked only about LOCAL parliaments, the answer is zero. If it didn’t say “local”, we would have to answer “1″, because the UK Parliament is in London, which is in England!
Read the questions carefully.
Avoid the situation where you know the material, but still give a wrong answer just because you missed a tiny detail in the question.
Remember: your knowledge of English is also being tested.