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    bad test question

    "Everything depends on...............finishing the project on time."

    A. your
    B. for you
    C. yours
    D. you

    We had a lot of dispute over this test question in class. We were told that the only correct answer is A. I suggested that D would be grammatically acceptable as well. What do you think?

    "...........having been invited to take part in the conference was quite unexpected."

    A. we
    B. our
    C. us
    D. ours

    I'm guessing B and C are possible.?
    Last edited by ostap77; 27-Feb-2011 at 14:32.

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    Re: bad test question

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Everything depends on...............finishing the project on time."

    A. your .....B. for you .....C. yours .....D. you

    We had a lot of dispute over this test question in class. We were told that the only correct answer is A. I suggested that D would be grammatically acceptable as well. What do you think?
    Native speakers diasagree about this, but the simple answer is that D is acceptable to most people - and more common.

    "...........having been invited to take part in the conference was quite unexpected."

    A. we ....B. our ....C. us ....D. ours?
    The second is trickier. I would say, "Our being invited" (not ...having been...). D is clearly wrong. C is also wrong. A is also wrong, in my opinion; I also think that few people would use it, even if they would use 'you' in your first example.

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