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Which options are correct and why ?



alexziaa
France

Which options are correct and why ?
 

12 Apr 2019      



yanogator
United States

1. b      That couldnīt have been the day we went to Margate because it was raining that day, not sunny.
 
The reasoning tells why that day was not possibly the right one, so "couldnīt have been" expresses the impossibility.
 
2.    Actually, none of the choices are correct. The correct option would be "have had to have". Reading this sentence repeatedly makes it even more confusing, so I re-worded it, to get "Had the electrician not come in time, we would have been forced to have last nightīs party by candlelight."
 
 
The answer that is probably intended is 
c      Had the electrician not come in time, we would have had to have had last nightīs party by candlelight.
 
a and b canīt be right, because they are in the present, and d is wrong for the same reason as c, plus the fact that there is no need for the continuous form.
 
 
3.  d      Water is a very scarce resource in the desert.
 
The other words donīt work in this sentence.
 
 
I hope this helps you
Bruce 

12 Apr 2019     



alexziaa
France

Thanks! 

12 Apr 2019     



kohai
Latvia

 
Which options are correct???
 
I canīt see ANY options!
 

14 Apr 2019     



valodra
France

Hello Kohai,
I think she deleted her message because it was reported as spam…? ( I think it was not…. … )
 

14 Apr 2019     



kohai
Latvia

And I think that someone reported her post because it was empty.
 
I also think that it was not nice of her to delete the questions that were already answered by one of our experts. 

14 Apr 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I was wondering about this, as I couldnīt see any options and was beginning to wonder whether, besides being one of our experts, Bruce was also clairvoyant.

14 Apr 2019     



yanogator
United States

Yes, there was a nice full question there, and I guess my answers were so powerful that they not only removed all doubt, but also removed the entire question!
 
 

14 Apr 2019     



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15 Apr 2019     



yanogator
United States

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15 Apr 2019