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Have we become less articulate?

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PD James thinks people are less articulate now than they used to be. She left Cambridge girls' school in 1937 when she was 16, an age at which children sat the Leaving Certificate exam.

Correspondent Sanchia Berg took exam papers in English from that time to a modern Cambridge comprehensive, Parkside, to see what the pupils made of them.

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