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    Exclamation Multiple choice problem

    Hi
    Would you please tell me the reason of choosing the first choice as the correct answer? I know that we can make a noun negative by the use of 'no' and a clause by 'not', but why choice number 2 is not acceptable? That would be really nice of you if you parsed each choice.

    .......of her experience she managed ot secure the contract.
    1) No surprise that in view
    2) No surprising that in view
    3) Not surprising that
    4) Not a Surprise that in the view

    thanks in advance

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    Re: Multiple choice problem

    Where did you find this? Whichever option you choose will not result in a grammatical sentence.

    If we add 'It was' at the beginning, then only #1 gives a grammatical solution.

    Rover

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    Re: Multiple choice problem

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    Let's rewrite that sentence:

    It is _________ that in view of her experience she managed to secure the contract.

    A) No surprise
    B) No surprising
    C) Not surprising
    D) Not a surprise

    B is the only incorrect answer. You could use either past or present tense here, as it's dependent on the context of the conversation.

    One other thing; You'll also hear "in light of" instead of "in view of". In fact, it sounds a little more natural to me.

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    Re: Multiple choice problem

    Hi Dear Rover and Slickvic9000 and thanks for the answers

    Actually It's a test of M.A. then you mean without 'It is ' it's incorrect?

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    Re: Multiple choice problem

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    "It's" is not strictly necessary. If you're going to omit "It's" then I would go with either 1 or 3, with 1 being the best choice.

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    Re: Multiple choice problem

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    Hi Dear Rover and Slickvic9000 and thanks for the answers

    Actually It's a test of M.A. then you mean without 'It is ' it's incorrect?
    IMO it's incorrect without "it is" or "it was", or as slickvic said "in the light of" or similar.

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    Re: Multiple choice problem

    In spoken, informal English, you'll often hear sentences like "No surprise he won that competition" or similar. However, in a written formal test, I think it's pretty atrocious that they've omitted "It is/It was/It's".

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