Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    shane is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    519
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Which would you choose?

    This was just posted on another forum. Which answer do you think is suitable? I'm a little confused...

    I believe reserves of coal here are _____ to last for fifty years.

    A. efficient
    B. original
    C. typical
    D. principal
    I would say that sufficient would be a better choice myself. :)

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,663
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I'd agree with you.

  3. #3
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Sufficient is an excellent choice--much better than those actually given. Perhaps efficient was supposed to be sufficient. Apparently, somebody goofed.

    :)

  4. #4
    shane is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    519
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Unfortunately, it has been hard to convince the student that the question is wrong. He or she is convinced that a textbook is incapable of possessing a mistake, and that maybe the foreigner is wrong. :(

  5. #5
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,663
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Ah, the red nosed foreign devils trying to stir things up.

  6. #6
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Ah, the red nosed foreign devils trying to stir things up.
    Would that be us?

    :)

  7. #7
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,663
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I believe so. ;-0

  8. #8
    shane is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    519
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Ah, the red nosed foreign devils trying to stir things up.
    I don't get labelled 'red nose', but I do get told 'Your nose is too big'.

  9. #9
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,663
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Judging from your avatar, they're right.

  10. #10
    shane is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    519
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Judging from your avatar, they're right.
    Smithers! Release the hounds! :wink:

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How to choose between singla or plural verb after "all'
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 28-May-2006, 15:54
  2. please choose
    By NewHope in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Oct-2004, 18:44
  3. Please choose better one
    By NewHope in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-Oct-2004, 10:08
  4. Please choose the best one in this "money" sentenc
    By NewHope in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2004, 15:24
  5. Which one should I choose?
    By japanjapan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-Jun-2004, 00:51

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk