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    Default Help me with the tense

    The first boy or girl who (answer) _________ all the questions is to receive the singer's new album.

    Can you give me the correct tense for it?

    In my opinion, "answers" sounds OK because it looks like a conditional sentence. Is it right?

    I hope to receive answers from you. Thanks

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    Default Re: Help me with the tense

    Not a teacher.


    I too think so.

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    Default Re: Help me with the tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    The first boy or girl who (answer) _________ all the questions is to receive the singer's new album.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (1) I agree with you and David.

    (2) In my humble opinion, however, your sentence is NOT a so-called

    conditional sentence.

    (3) As I understand, "is to receive" is just another way to say "will receive."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    The first boy or girl who (answer) _________ all the questions is to receive the singer's new album.

    Can you give me the correct tense for it?

    In my opinion, "answers" sounds OK because it looks like a conditional sentence. Is it right?

    I hope to receive answers from you. Thanks
    May I suggest that it should be "The first boy or girl who correctly answers all the questions ..."

    Anyone can answer the questions. The trick is to get the answers right.

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    Default Re: Help me with the tense

    So why does the key in my book give me the answer "Will answer". Is it correct, too? And why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    So why does the key in my book give me the answer "Will answer". Is it correct, too? And why?
    No, it's not correct. I have no idea why it would give that. In that situation, we use the present tense to express the future. I'm also not very happy with "is to". The sentence would be far more natural as:

    The first boy or girl who correctly answers all the questions will receive/win a copy of the singer's new album.

    This is the kind of error that, unfortunately, we find in grammar books all the time. If they're not written by native speakers, mistakes slip in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    May I suggest that it should be "The first boy or girl who correctly answers all the questions ..."
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    Should this sentence be followed by a question mark madam?
    Last edited by david11; 25-Jan-2012 at 18:22.

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    No. It's not a question.

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    No. It's not a question.
    Then what kind of structure is that? sir

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    Default Re: Help me with the tense

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Then what kind of structure is that? sir
    It's a polite suggestion. Many years ago, teachers would insist that it was phrased as a question, and so we must use a question mark. However, in speech it does not have the intonation of a question, and most people do not now use the question mark.

    ps. There are no 'sirs' or 'madams' in this forum. It's fine to use no form of address, or to use the username of the person you are addressing.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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