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    #1

    They are/were love of family and strict discipline.

    The following is a comprehension question.

    According to the passage, list two factors that had contributed to the Stermers (a species of dinosaurs) surviving their ordeal.

    In my below answer to the question, which verb should I use?

    They are/were love of family and strict discipline.

    I think 'were' should be used because of the phrase 'had contributed '.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 28-Feb-2012 at 03:12. Reason: typo of title

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    Re: They are/were love of famility and strict discipline.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The following is a comprehension question.

    According to the passage, list two factors that had contributed to the Stermers (a species of dinosaurs) surviving their ordeal.

    In my below answer to the question, which verb should I use?

    They are/were love of family and strict discipline.

    I think 'were' should be used because of the phrase 'had contributed '.

    Thanks.
    It would be better to write "The two factors were love of family and strict discipline".

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    Re: They are/were love of famility and strict discipline.

    Hi fellow members

    Could the question be phrased as follows?

    What are the factors that had contributed to the Stermers (a species of dinosaurs) surviving their ordeal?

    If it is fine, I believe that I should answer as follows.

    The two factors are love of family and strict discipline,

    Am I correct?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 20-Feb-2012 at 21:18.

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    Re: They are/were love of famility and strict discipline.

    Now you have a new problem. If two factors "contribute" the clear implication is that there are other factors as well. Using "the" as you did in "what are the factors" now implies that what follows is the complete list. This is a nuance in the use of the article that may be hard to follow, but your rewrite won't work as-is.
    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: They are/were love of famility and strict discipline.

    Thanks. Barb.

    Is it possible to ask the same question as follows and use 'are' instead of 'were'?

    What factors contributed to the Stermers (a species of dinosaurs) surviving their ordeal?

    If it is fine, I believe that I should answer as follows.

    The factors are love of family and strict discipline.

    I hope this is a successful attempt.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 20-Feb-2012 at 21:17.

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