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    Nanatuha is offline Junior Member
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    Default "have the tourism numbers figured"

    Hello.
    I'll refer a question from a TOEIC reference book.
    We cannot give you correct data because the government does not have the tourism numbers _______.
    (A) figure (B) figuring (C) to figure (D) figured
    The answer is D, it's understandable. However, it seems C is also likely to make sense to me.
    The reference explains that the "have" in the sentence is causative verb therefore the verb "figure" will be past perfect tense, but I can't get this intention sufficiently.
    I wonder if C is quite wrong? Can you help me how to consider it, please?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: "have the tourism numbers figured"

    If you use 'to figure', it would suggest that the calculations can't be done because they don't have the data. I think this is a possible idea, though less likely than the answer given.

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    Default Re: "have the tourism numbers figured"

    Thank you, tdol. It helped me a lot.



    ... This book contains some pretty ambiguous questions.

    Q: Correct a mistake of the following sentence.
    (A:Who) did this (B:is) not one of us (C:who) have faith (D:in) quality.

    Answer: Replace (A:Who) to Whoever.

    Weeeell? It's redundant for sure, but ... I'm now getting to start suspecting the author is meany. :P

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    Default Re: "have the tourism numbers figured"

    In the original post, it would be very unusual to use the verb "figure" intransitively. In plain English this means that you have to figure something, you can't just figure. An exception would be the idiom "Go figure", but that is a specific idiom (and also far too informal for this context).

    In the second question, no, you can't have "Who" there. It has to be "whoever" in this position, or the more archaic construction "He who", which you should avoid because it's not only old-fashioned, it's not politically correct. You could also write "the person who", and that's what "whoever" means here.

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    Default Re: "have the tourism numbers figured"

    Thank you, rewboss. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to learn frequency from dictionary so your explanation is very helpful.


    About the second question ( ...it was? anyway), my brain seems to tend to accumulate wrong presumptions. I've somehow misunderstood that it's a valid form.

    Can I ask you by way of precaution? When I use "Whoever" here, it implies I'm not specifying the subject but saying as a generalization. When I use "The person who", I'm mentioning about an certain person who did it even if I don't know practically who he/she is, is it right?

    I thought the question meant the second idea and I've too persisted with it. So I felt strange when I saw the answer, probably.

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