Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 1,538
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    remaining to be solved

    This question comes from a test paper:

    The teacher said there were still so many problems _____, though we had made great progress.

    A. remaining to be solved B. remained to solve
    C. remaining to solve D. remained to be solved

    The given answer is A. I felt the sentence didn't read smoothly. Should we just say 'there were still so many problems to solve/ to be solved' or 'so many problems remained to be solved' instead of the original?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me with this question?
    Thank you very much.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 45,666
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: remaining to be solved

    Your alternatives work fine, but the original is OK; it's a bit of a cumbersome phrase, but perfectly grammatical.


    • Join Date: Feb 2008
    • Posts: 420
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Smile Re: remaining to be solved

    From my point of view I would say the sentence D is the most natural but it definitely needs a 'which':

    'still so many problems which remained to be solved'

Similar Threads

  1. cut off the remaining bit of the cocoon
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-Feb-2008, 12:43
  2. Remaining or Remained
    By cleung in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2007, 02:06
  3. This problem can be solved by nobody.
    By cutemina1211 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Sep-2006, 11:48
  4. Theoretically solved
    By nyggus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 31-May-2006, 22:55
  5. passive...
    By nautes20 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 29-Oct-2004, 14:33

Posting Permissions

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