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    go/going? | failure/failures? | worked/was working?

    Hi,
    Here's a passage.
    In 1914, Thomas Edison, at the age of 67, lost his factory, which was worth a few million dollars, to fire. It had very little insurance. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effort ____ (go? going?) up in smoke and said, “There is great value in disasters. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew.” In spite of disasters, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph. What an attitude!
    Below are more examples of the ______ (failure? failures?) of successful people:
    Thomas Edison failed approximately 10, 000 times while he _____ (worked? was working?) on the light bulb.
    Henry Ford fired Lee Iacocca at the age of 54.
    Young Beethoven was told that he had no talent for music, but he gave some of the best music to the world.
    Setbacks are inevitable in life. A setback can act as a driving force and also teach us humility. In grief you will find courage and faith to overcome the setback


    ·Which words would be proper to be fill in the blanks?
    ·#1. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effort ____ (go? going?) up in smoke and said, “There is great value in disasters.
    ·#2. Below are more examples of the ______ (failure? failures?) of successful people:
    ·#3. Thomas Edison failed approximately 10, 000 times while he _____ (worked? was working?) on the light bulb.

    ·Here are my answers: #1. going; #2. failure; #3. worked

    ·But I don't think "go", "failures" and "was working" would be wrong to use. In fact they are confusing to me.

    ·Question: Which words would be proper to use? Or All of them are correct?

    ·Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by Mensu; 26-Aug-2013 at 05:48. Reason: correct format

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