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    #1

    why is this sentence correct?

    hello everybody!!!! i would like to make a question. i have a sentence:

    The people________there first,will get the best bargains.
    a. getting
    b.that get

    the teacher's book gives "b. that get" as the correct answer. however,i know that a present participle can take the place of a relative clause.why can't it be the case here? is it because the pr.participle cannot take the place of a defining relative clause???

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    #2

    Re: why is this sentence correct?

    Welcome, zahari. hello

    Compare,

    EX: People (who are) arriving at Gate 15 will have to go through customs.
    EX: ?People (who are) getting there first will get the best bargains.

    The first event is happening now; it's actualized, whereas the second event is unactualized. That is, our example sentence is conditional:

    EX: People will get the best bargains only if they get there first.

    Now actualized; i.e., it's happening at the moment,

    EX: People (who are) entering the store right now will get the best bargains.

    Correction
    I would like to ask a question.


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    #3

    Re: why is this sentence correct?

    I still don't understand your answer,Casiopea.
    I considered the two sentence above are all correct.
    Can you give me more definition?

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