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    The following multiple choices are very confusing. Are my choices right?

    1. They will have it finished in_______.
    a. three quarters of an hour b. three quarters of an hour's time
    The key is b. But I think a is correct because b sounds weird.
    2. _______ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither
    The key is b. I think a is also correct.
    3. A man escaped from prison last night. It was a long time_________ the guards discovered what had happened.
    a. before b. since
    'a ' is certainly correct. Does 'b' make sense if I want to mean ' A man escaped from prison last night and guards discovered it long time ago'?

    Another sentence is ' The construction of these treasures was a loss for mankind that no amount of money could make up for'.
    I think 'make up for' should be followed by 'it'. In other words the sentence misses the word 'it' after the phrase 'make up for' . Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    1. They will have it finished in_______.
    a. three quarters of an hour b. three quarters of an hour's time
    The key is b. But I think a is correct because b sounds weird.
    Both are good, but the first is more likely.


    2. _______ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither
    The key is b. I think a is also correct.
    Both are correct.

    3. A man escaped from prison last night. It was a long time_________ the guards discovered what had happened.
    a. before b. since
    'a ' is certainly correct. Does 'b' make sense if I want to mean ' A man escaped from prison last night and guards discovered it long time ago'?
    No, only "before" fits there.

    Another sentence is ' The construction of these treasures was a loss for mankind that no amount of money could make up for'.
    I think 'make up for' should be followed by 'it'. In other words the sentence misses the word 'it' after the phrase 'make up for' . Am I right?
    No, because it is a that clause. If you want to use it you have to make it a compound sentence, thus:
    • The destruction of those treasures was a loss for mankind, and no amount of money can make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    The following multiple choices are very confusing. Are my choices right?

    1. They will have it finished in_______.
    a. three quarters of an hour b. three quarters of an hour's time
    The key is b. But I think a is correct because b sounds weird.
    2. _______ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither
    The key is b. I think a is also correct.
    3. A man escaped from prison last night. It was a long time_________ the guards discovered what had happened.
    a. before b. since
    'a ' is certainly correct. Does 'b' make sense if I want to mean ' A man escaped from prison last night and guards discovered it long time ago'?

    Another sentence is ' The construction of these treasures was a loss for mankind that no amount of money could make up for'.
    I think 'make up for' should be followed by 'it'. In other words the sentence misses the word 'it' after the phrase 'make up for' . Am I right?
    I agree with Ron, but this one is a bit of a problem.

    2. _______ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither
    The key is b. I think a is also correct.

    I would not use "either" there. If both books have the same opinion., I would say "Both of the books hold the opinion...." That doesn't mean that "either" is wrong, but I think this is more natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    The following multiple choices are very confusing. Are my choices right?

    1. They will have it finished in_______.
    a. three quarters of an hour b. three quarters of an hour's time
    The key is b. But I think a is correct because b sounds weird.
    2. _______ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither
    The key is b. I think a is also correct.
    3. A man escaped from prison last night. It was a long time_________ the guards discovered what had happened.
    a. before b. since
    'a ' is certainly correct. Does 'b' make sense if I want to mean ' A man escaped from prison last night and guards discovered it long time ago'?

    Another sentence is ' The construction of these treasures was a loss for mankind that no amount of money could make up for'.
    I think 'make up for' should be followed by 'it'. In other words the sentence misses the word 'it' after the phrase 'make up for' . Am I right?
    I agree with Ron, but this one is a bit of a problem.

    2. _______ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither
    The key is b. I think a is also correct.

    I would not use "either" there. If both books have the same opinion., I would say "Both of the books hold the opinion...." That doesn't mean that "either" is wrong, but I think this is more natural.
    You are right. "Either" doesn't really make sense there.

    :)

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