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Hello,teachers!

Which one is correct?

1 I don't think it will rain tomorrow____?

A don't you B do you C won't it D will it

I don't know which one I should choose. Teachers, please help me.

2 I think two days_____enough to finish this task.
A is B are

I think right answer should be B. But I have read a sentence: one thousand kilometers is a long journey. So I got confused.

3 Which sentence is correct?
1 80% students are doing homework.
2 80% of students are doing homework.

Thank you!

**Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

1. I don't think it will rain tomorrow, will it? (do you could be possible as well.)
2. I think two days are enough to finish this task. - just a guess
3. 80% of students are doing homework. - just a guess

Please keep in mind that I'm not fully sure if #2 and #3 are correct.
However, I'm sure #1 is correct.

Anyway, thanks for the interesting questions.
I also want to know our teachers' and other members' opinions

Cheers!

***Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker.***

Originally Posted by Nightmare85

1. I don't think that it will rain tomorrow, will it ?
2. I think two days are enough to finish this task. - just a guess
3. The 80% of the students are doing homework. - just a guess
For the third sentence, I assumed that we are talking about some certain students not students in general.

PS: I'm not sure a hundred percent for the first sentence, though.
Last edited by euncu; 16-Jun-2010 at 14:26.

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Originally Posted by Harry12345
Hello,teachers!

Which one is correct?

1 I don't think it will rain tomorrow____?

A don't you B do you C won't it D will it

I don't know which one I should choose. Teachers, please help me.

2 I think two days_____enough to finish this task.
A is B are

I think right answer should be B. But I have read a sentence: one thousand kilometers is a long journey. So I got confused.

3 Which sentence is correct?
1 80% students are doing homework.
2 80% of students are doing homework.

Thank you!

Although Nightmare85 pointed out 'will it' for the first one I think the technical expected answer is 'do you' (taq question). I understand 'will it' could be used but something tells me the test writer expects the students to mark 'do you'.

And regarding the last one I would say 80% of the students are doing their homework.

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Originally Posted by Gillnetter
1 I don't think it will rain tomorrow____?
I don't think it will rain tomorrow,
A don't you B do you C won't it D will it
B is the correct answer. The sentence starts with what one person thinks about the chances of rain and ends with asking another person what they think of the chances of rain. The first person is asking another person for agreement.
I reckon the standard sentence is 'I don't think it will rain tomorrow, do you?', that is the only one which came to my mind at first.

However, when I read Nightmare85's answer I realized that 'I don't think it will rain tomorrow, will it?' may also be possible, although less likely. Above you gave one interpretation, namely, the first person is asking another one for agreement, but is it the only possible interpretation? What if the speaker is just wondering whether it will rain the next day, just talking to himself?

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Originally Posted by Gillnetter
Whether the person is talking to someone else or to himself doesn't make any difference. You can talk to yourself.
But if you finish a sentence with "do you" when talking to yourself it sounds a bit weird, doesn't it?

Originally Posted by Gillnetter
The end result is the same. The problem with, "will it", is that this question asks for a definite answer. "I don't think" is more or less of a guess.
The person may start with an initial guess that it is not likely to rain and then immediately change her mind and ask herself: will it?

Originally Posted by Gillnetter
If you are asking God about the possibility of rain tomorrow, "will it", may make sense.
So you agree that "will it" is a possible answer in this case ...

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Originally Posted by Harry12345
Hello,teachers!

Which one is correct?

1 I don't think it will rain tomorrow____?

A don't you B do you C won't it D will it

I don't know which one I should choose. Teachers, please help me.

2 I think two days_____enough to finish this task.
A is B are

I think right answer should be B. But I have read a sentence: one thousand kilometers is a long journey. So I got confused.

3 Which sentence is correct?
1 80% students are doing homework.
2 80% of students are doing homework.

Thank you!
***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Hello, Harry.

(1) You are correct: a question like No. 2 is very confusing.

(2) Teachers should not have this kind of question on a test.

(3) As you said, many books prefer the singular.

(a) Many books say that if you are talking about the "WHOLE

AMOUNT," it is better to use the singular.

Examples from Longman English Grammar:

Three weeks is a long time to wait.
Two hundred pounds is a lot to spend.
Forty miles is a long way.

Examples from The Grammar Book:

1,000 miles is a long distance.
2 million dollars is a lot of money.
5 years is a long time to spend on a thesis.

(4)

I do not think that it would be fair to mark your answer as "wrong"

if you chose "is." You could explain to your teacher (very respectfully,

of course) that you were thinking of "two days" as a unit:

An amount (singular) of 2 days IS enough to finish this task.

(5) Some teachers feel that "two days are" is only correct if you are

thinking of the "two days" as individual days -- not as a unit. Maybe

something like :

Those two days were completely different from each other.

(6) Please let us know what answer your teacher said was "correct."

***** Thank you *****

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(6) Please let us know what answer your teacher said was "correct." - The Parser.

Well pointed out

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[QUOTE=TheParser;614654]***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Hello, Harry.

(1) You are correct: a question like No. 2 is very confusing.

(2) Teachers should not have this kind of question on a test.

(3) As you said, many books prefer the singular.

(a) Many books say that if you are talking about the "WHOLE

AMOUNT," it is better to use the singular.

Examples from Longman English Grammar:

Three weeks is a long time to wait.
Two hundred pounds is a lot to spend.
Forty miles is a long way.

Examples from The Grammar Book:

1,000 miles is a long distance.
2 million dollars is a lot of money.
5 years is a long time to spend on a thesis.

(4)

I do not think that it would be fair to mark your answer as "wrong"

if you chose "is." You could explain to your teacher (very respectfully,

of course) that you were thinking of "two days" as a unit:

An amount (singular) of 2 days IS enough to finish this task.

(5) Some teachers feel that "two days are" is only correct if you are

thinking of the "two days" as individual days -- not as a unit. Maybe

something like :

Those two days were completely different from each other.

(6) Please let us know what answer your teacher said was "correct."

***** Thank you *****[/QUOT

Thanks for all of you！

TheParser teacher：

In this test paper， the standard answers given are: 1 will it 2 is 3， 2. But I can't undersand why,so I ask you for help! and now I still can't undersand why！

Thank you again!
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***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Hello, Harry.

(1) Do not feel bad. Keep studying hard, and you WILL soon understand English.

(2) Your English is already very good.

(3) You say that the teacher gave you the answers, but that you still do not

understand.

(a) Please tell us which ones (No. l? No. 2? No.3?) you still do not understand. Then

many people here will be very happy to explain again until you understand.

*****

P. S. Many of us are concerned because your teacher told you that No. l is "will it."

It seems that most of us feel "do you" is the "correct" answer. I realize that it is not the

custom in many countries to question a teacher. I realize that you must be very careful

not to make your teacher angry. Do you know someone who speaks English well?

Perhaps s/he can explain No. 1 to you. As I said, many of us think the correct answer

is "do you." But maybe we are wrong. I hope other people will join this thread and tell

us their opinions about No. 1.

***** Thank you *****

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