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    #1

    right tense & form

    Dear teachers,

    Here's an exercise that I wish to be corrected, please.

    Fill in the blanks with the right tense and form.

    It was high time. Snow (1) (fall) HAD FALLEN in the morning, but now the sky was clear and Ashenden, with a glance at the frosty stars, stepped out quickly. He feared that Herbatus, tired of waiting for him, (2) (modal + go) WOULD GO home. He had at this interview to make a certain decision and the hesitation he (3) (feel) HAD FELT about it (4) (lurk) HAD BEEN LURKING throughout the evening at the back of his mind like a malaise that (5) (modal + only + become) NEEDED / HAD ONLY TO BECOME (??) / SHOULD ONLY BECOME / NEEDN'T ONLY BECOME (I have no idea!)a bit more definite to (6) (feel) BE FELT as pain. For Herbatus, indefatigable and determined, (7) (engage) HAD ENGAGED in the arrangement of a scheme to blow up certain munition factories in Austria. It is not necessary to give here the details of his plan, but it was ingenious and effective; its drawback was that it entailed the death and mutilation of a good many Galician Poles, his fellow countrymen, who were working in the factories in question. He had told Ashenden earlier in the day that everything (8) (be) HAD TO BE ready and he had only to give the word.
    "But please do not give it (9) UP it is essential", he said in his precise somewhat throaty English. "Of course we (10) (not hesitate) WILL / SHALL NOT HESITATE if it is necessary, but we do not want to sacrifice our (11) OWN (?) people for nothing."
    "When you (12) (want) DO YOU WANT an answer?"
    "Tonight. We have got someone starting for Prague tomorrow morning."
    Ashenden had qualms and he was conscious that it (13) (be) WOULD BE a relief if on reaching the hotel he found that Herbatus had left. The Germans had blown up factories in the Allied countries and there was no reasonwhy they (14) (modal + not + serve) SHOULD NOT SERVE in the same manner. It was a legitimate act of war. It not only hindered the manufacture of arms and munitions, but it also shook the morale of the non-combatants. It was not of course a thing the big-wigs cared to have anything to do (15) WITH. Though ready enough to profit by (correct ?) the activities of obscure agents of (16) WHOM they had never heard, they shut their eyes to dirty work so that they could put their clean hands on their hearts and congratulate (17) ONE ANOTHER that they had never done anything that was unbecoming to men of honour.

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Hela
    Last edited by hela; 11-Nov-2005 at 19:48.

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    #2

    Re: right tense & form

    4- I'd just use 'lurking'
    5- NEEDED / HAD ONLY TO BECOME
    14- Shouldn't it be passive as the Germans should be served in the same manner as they have dealt with others?

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    #3

    Re: right tense & form

    Yes, you may be right for #14, it must be the passive. If I get the original text, I'll let you know.

    All the best,
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    #4

    Re: right tense & form

    Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: right tense & form

    Dear tdol, here are the original answers:

    1/ had fallen 2/ might have gone 3/ felt 4/ had lurked
    5/ had only to become 6/ be felt 7/ had been engaged 8/ was
    9/ unless 10/ own 11/ do you want
    12/ will not hesitate 13/ would be 14/ shouldn't be served
    15/ with 16/ whom 17/ themselves

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    #6

    Re: right tense & form

    Some, like 17, I see as alternatives- I don't see anything wrong with each other/one another here.

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