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    What ranks or ranked

    ............. as the most important crop in Hawaii is sugar cane.

    1. It ranks
    2. What ranks
    3. It is ranked
    4. The rank

    I have problem with the structure. Crop cannot rank itself. So why don't we use what ranked instead of what ranks ?

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    #2

    Re: What ranks or ranked

    Because it "is" sugar cane. Not "was" sugar cane.

    The present tense is used because the ranking continues to the present.

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    Re: What ranks or ranked

    I don't have problem with the tense. I have problem with the structure. I'd claim we need passive voice here not active.
    What ranks (sugar ranks itself? how it could be possible? )

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    #4

    Re: What ranks or ranked

    It's quite common to say that something "ranks #1 in the state," etc.

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    Re: What ranks or ranked

    Quite a few verbs do the same. e.g. 'She scares eas[il]y' = 'It's easy to scare her' = 'She can easily be scared'.

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    Re: What ranks or ranked

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I don't have problem with the tense. I have problem with the structure. I'd claim we need passive voice here not active.
    What ranks (sugar ranks itself? how it could be possible? )
    No, sugar cane doesn't rank itself. Nor does it count itself, although it counts as an important product.

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    #7

    Re: What ranks or ranked

    Why do these sentences not work?
    1. What ranked as the most important crop in Hawaii is sugar cane. = What is ranked as the most important crop in Hawaii is sugar cane.
    2. What ranked as the most important crop in Hawaii is sugar cane. = What was ranked as the most important crop in Hawaii is sugar cane.

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    Re: What ranks or ranked

    that's my question. What's wrong with WHAT RANKED ?

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    #9

    Re: What ranks or ranked

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    that's my question. What's wrong with WHAT RANKED ?
    SD told you in post #2.

    You can use either active or passive, but you have to get the tenses right.

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    #10

    Re: What ranks or ranked

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    that's my question. What's wrong with WHAT RANKED ?
    You said in post #3, "I don't have a problem with the tense." You're being inconsistent. Whether to use 'ranks' or 'ranked' is a question of tense.
    So either that was your problem (and it's been answered), or you have another question - which appears to be about active or passive voice. That's also been answered.
    I guess we're all assuming that 2. is the correct answer.

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