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    #1

    Noun phrase

    Hi all,

    should I choose the right word to fill in the blank ?

    The architect must consider every detail of a floor ___________
    a. planning
    b. plan
    c. plans
    d. planned

    Thank for your time

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    Re: Noun phrase

    What do you think?
    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.

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    Re: Noun phrase

    I prefer planning . But I am not sure, If so could you give me more specific

    Thank for replying

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    #4

    Re: Noun phrase

    You have an article, "a."
    That means it must be singular (which eliminates one choice).
    It also means it must be a countable form of a noun (which eliminates your choice).

    I would agree with your choice if it were not for that pesky "a."
    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.

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    #5

    Re: Noun phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You have an article, "a."
    That means it must be singular (which eliminates one choice).
    It also means it must be a countable form of a noun (which eliminates your choice).

    I would agree with your choice if it were not for that pesky "a."
    That means:
    "a" - It must be singular ("plans" choice is eliminated). Also must be a countable form of a noun, so "planning" is not chosen
    If the following meaning of this sentence. It may be "planned" accept

    Thanks Barb_D for answer me

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    #6

    Re: Noun phrase

    You have rightly discounted two of the answers, leaving only "plan" or "planned".

    "Planned" does not work because it would behave as an adjective here:

    The architect must consider every detail of a floor, planned by a floor planner.

    As you can see, it would also require a break in the sentence so "...must consider every detail of a floor planned" is not possible.

    "A floor plan" is the singular object involved. It is "a plan" of "a floor" and is therefore the only possible answer.

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