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    NOT grammatically correct?

    Q. Choose the sentence that is NOT grammatically correct.
    (A) Fred wishes Pat will come tomorrow.
    (B) Fred hopes Pat finishes the assignment by tomorrow.
    (C) Fred will have finished the job when Pat comes tomorrow.
    (D) Fred will start the project as soon as Pat arrives tomorrow.
    (E) Fred would be pleased if Pat started the project tomorrow.

    The question was designed by a professor/professors of a university who has/have a doctorate in English Language or Literature. The question is very difficult, and 'A' was the answer to it by a teacher in a private english educational institute. Would you tell me why 'A' must be the right answer and why the others not? (the sentence 'why the others not?' is correct grammatically?)

    P.S. Oh, I'm sorry for my mistake. The answer was "A" not "B" Sorry.
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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Well both A and B are unnatural. However, no injunction forces us to use the conditional with "wish" -- we just do it so often it sounds strange not to. So A is okay, and is not the answer.

    B sounds like something an American sports broadcaster would say if he's trying to appear philosophical. "If he looks into the zone, he loses that split second and finds himself in danger of being sacked."

    But it's not. B is using the present to speak about two different times -- today and tomorrow. That is not logical in any Western language. We have tenses precisely to avoid that kind of situation. It's incorrect.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    I'm sorry for my mistake. The answer was "A" not "B". Sorry.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    But it's not. B is using the present to speak about two different times -- today and tomorrow. That is not logical in any Western language. We have tenses precisely to avoid that kind of situation. It's incorrect.
    I hope you think about this a bit more before replying.

    I'm pretty sure that the answer is A on the grounds that it should read "would" not "will" (whether this is true or not).

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    I imagined you'd say that when I answered. In any case, I told you multiple choice questions are ten-a-penny, and such big business (because people like you waste so much time and money on them) that they're just a form of pulp mill industry. A high percentage are poorly constructed and have no clear answer.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Who are you talking to? ilovepsycho hasn't said anything, and I don't spend money on these tests or give any credibility to them.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Hi again. I was typing it while you were typing yours. It wasn't meant for you. I don't spend any money on these tests either.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Hi again. I was typing it while you were typing yours. It wasn't meant for you. I don't spend any money on these tests either.
    Unfortunately, I have to spend lots of time on these kinds of tests. I would like to learn living English that could be learnt by talking to the native, writing many peaces of writings, listening to english pop musics, and watching english movies that all I love sincerely, but it's a pity for me to have to read and practice the questions of many passages that I would'nt like to so.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovepsycho View Post
    Q. Choose the sentence that is NOT grammatically correct.
    (A) Fred wishes Pat will come tomorrow.
    (B) Fred hopes Pat finishes the assignment by tomorrow.


    Would you tell me why 'A' must be the right answer and why the others [are] not?
    See here.

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    Re: NOT grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    See here.
    Thank you so much!
    Like your nickname, Soup, your lucid explanations always are delicious!

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