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    tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Steve and his family went to Yilan and visited his grandparents. Steve's grandparents still _____ on their farm. During the summer vacation, Steve helped his grandparents grow rice and vegetables. He also fed cows and pigs. He had a great time with his grandparents.

    (A) live (B) lives (C) lived (D) is living

    The answer is option A. Do you agree?

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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Steve and his family went to Yilan and visited his grandparents. Steve's grandparents still _____ on their farm. During the summer vacation, Steve helped his grandparents grow rice and vegetables. He also fed cows and pigs. He had a great time with his grandparents.

    (A) live (B) lives (C) lived (D) is living



    The answer is option A. Do you agree?
    More important, do YOU agree?
    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: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Steve and his family went to Yilan and visited his grandparents. Steve's grandparents still _____ on their farm. During the summer vacation, Steve helped his grandparents grow rice and vegetables. He also fed cows and pigs. He had a great time with his grandparents.

    (A) live (B) lives (C) lived (D) is living

    The answer is option A. Do you agree?

    Do you think 'A' suits the question?
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    I don't agree. I think option C is correct. Am I right?

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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I don't agree. I think option C is correct. Am I right?
    No sorry.

    'live' is the correct word.
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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    No, sorry.

    'Live' is the correct word.
    What's wrong with 'lived'? Every other verb is in the past.

    Either A or C could be correct.

    Rover

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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What's wrong with 'lived'? Every other verb is in the past.

    Either A or C could be correct.

    Rover
    I agree. It's a poor test question.

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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    The word "still" makes "live" a much stronger choice.
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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The word "still" makes "live" a much stronger choice.
    I don't agree, Barb. If we use "lived" it means that at that time they still lived on the farm. As Rover said, all the other verbs are in the past, and the text doesn't necessarily say anything about the present.

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    Re: tense (I need native speakers' advice)

    I'm with Rover. You can use the word "still" with a past tense as long as you are talking about the time that the past tense refers to. I agree that both A and C are entirely possible. One gives information about the time he went to visit. One gives information about the time of writing the question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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