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    ooohlala is offline Junior Member
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    Default A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    This is the question and I don't know how I'm supposed to answer it.

    Woman was not meant to be _______ an unthinkable drudge ______ the mere pretty ornament of man's leisure.

    I'm supposed to fill in the blanks 'with an appropriate word in each'. How?

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    What is the source of this question, ooohlala?

    The word unthinkable should clearly be unthinking, which makes me suspect the validity of the question.

    Rover

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    RoverKE, it's from a local English grammar workbook (I live in Algeria).

    I don't get the unthinkable part either ><
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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    Quote Originally Posted by ooohlala View Post
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    I don't get the unthinkable part either ><
    Saying this ('I don't get') suggests that you didn't understand Rover's correction! But there is no doubt (and there should remain no doubt in your mind): the text should be 'unthinking'.

    Perhaps what you meant was 'I didn't get "unthinkable"'...?

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    No, I meant that like Rover, I don't understand the 'unthinkable' part of the sentence, either.

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    If it were unthinking, how would you fill in the blanks then?

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    We still expect you to try first.

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    Quote Originally Posted by ooohlala View Post
    No, I meant that like Rover, I don't understand the 'unthinkable' part of the sentence, either.
    My point was that Rover does not 'not understand' it, he just recognizes it as a mistake.

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    Woman was not meant to be try an adverb or adverbial phrase here an unthinkable drudge try a coordinating conjunction here the mere pretty ornament of man's leisure.

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    Default Re: A fill-in-the-blanks (grammar) question?

    My two cents: This question is the pits. If I gave this to my native-speaking teenage daughter, she'd have no idea what she was supposed to put there. This is a logic question? It would make sense if you had a list of vocabulary words to choose from, perhaps, but to generate words that would work here is a really hard question for an English learner.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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