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    Dear teachers,
    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Would-be restaurant owners often fail to carefully consider the competition from other restaurants, __ informal.
    a. both fancy and b. either fancy or
    The key is 'b'. 'a' isn't correct because 'fancy' means 'not ordinary' which is just the opposite of 'informal'. Is that right?

    No.2
    First-year physics courses are supposed to teach students___ a lab report.
    a. the ways of writing b. how to write
    The key is 'b'. No problem. I guess 'b' means 'the skill to write'. But I think 'a' is also possible. It can mean the methods of writing. Is that right?

    No.3
    Foreign students_____ Chinese literature last year at this university came chiefly from Janpan and South Korea.
    a. who were studying b. studying
    The key is 'a'. No problem. 'b' isn't correct because there is 'last year' so 'studying' can't modify an action in the past. Is that right?
    But then in the same book there is another sentence:
    The young woman marching at the head of the procession was a gold medal winner at the recent Olympic Games.
    Here 'marching ' is used. I get confused by the two sentences. Could you please explain them to me?


    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Default Re: both either; the ways

    1...'a' is correct.

    2...'b' is correct. 'a' is not good; it is too specific and limited.

    3...'b' is the best answer. Using three words instead of one has no merit.
    Verbs like 'studying' can be used for past, present and future events.

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    Default Re: both either; the ways

    Hi 2006,
    Thank you very much for your help.
    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    1...'a' is correct.

    2...'b' is correct. 'a' is not good; it is too specific and limited.

    3...'b' is the best answer. Using three words instead of one has no merit.
    Verbs like 'studying' can be used for past, present and future events.

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    Default Re: both either; the ways

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Would-be restaurant owners often fail to carefully consider the competition from other restaurants, __ informal.
    a. both fancy and b. either fancy or
    The key is 'b'. 'a' isn't correct because 'fancy' means 'not ordinary' which is just the opposite of 'informal'. Is that right?

    No.2
    First-year physics courses are supposed to teach students___ a lab report.
    a. the ways of writing b. how to write
    The key is 'b'. No problem. I guess 'b' means 'the skill to write'. But I think 'a' is also possible. It can mean the methods of writing. Is that right?

    No.3
    Foreign students_____ Chinese literature last year at this university came chiefly from Janpan and South Korea.
    a. who were studying b. studying
    The key is 'a'. No problem. 'b' isn't correct because there is 'last year' so 'studying' can't modify an action in the past. Is that right?
    But then in the same book there is another sentence:
    The young woman marching at the head of the procession was a gold medal winner at the recent Olympic Games.
    Here 'marching ' is used. I get confused by the two sentences. Could you please explain them to me?


    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    two questions???

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    Default Re: both either; the ways


    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    two questions???

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