Hi, I need a native-speaker teacher to help me with the following question.
Water will contiue to be _________ it is today next in importance to oxygen.
A. as B. what
Which answer is correct ?
I am sorry. Well, I think "as" is the right choice. However, I was told I made a mistake here, which I am not ready to accept until confirmed by a native speaker. Thanks to whoever gives me a reply.
I agree that "as" is the right answer. If you use "what" then you need a noun to follow.
What it is today, a resource....
The punctuation corrections made by emsr are critical, though.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Water contains oxygen; oxygen is, well, oxygen. Personally, I think it would be better to compare like for like: water and air, both containing oxygen:
'Water will continue to be next in importance to the air we breathe.'
I wouldn't say ', as it is today,'. This is both unnecessary and a statement of the obvious (if I am correctly assuming you're talking about water's importance to human life). Mind you, isn't the whole sentence a statement of the obvious unless you're teaching a group of infants?
Come to think of it, I wouldn't say 'next in importance', which suggests it's not of paramount importance to life. Well, 6 or 7 days without water and you may well be dead so I think water's about as important as it gets! Why not:
'Water will continue to be as vital to life as oxygen.'
or, since it is a statement of fact:
'Water is as vital to life as oxygen.'