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    The Spoken Corpus computer

    The Spoken Corpus computer shows how inventive and humorous people are when they are using language by twisting familiar phrases for effect. It also reveals the power of the pauses and noises we use to play for time, ..... emotion, doubt and irony.

    1. convey
    2. to convey
    3. that conveys
    4. conveying

    I'd choose No.2, yet I don't know why the answer key chose No.1 !

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    Re: The Spoken Corpus computer

    #1 and #2 are both possible.

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    What is the structure behind No.1 after following infinitive? I mean how can we use : infinitive with TO , bare infinitive, .... . ( Shouldn't we observe the parallel structure? )

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    If you use #1, the 'to' is understood.

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    Re: The Spoken Corpus computer

    I can get 1, 2 and 4 to work. But I'd choose 2 after a bit of thought.
    Also I think if there is something "understood" in 1 that is explicit in 2, that makes 2 a better answer (or at least as good as 1).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I can get 1, 2 and 4 to work. But I'd choose 2 after a bit of thought.
    I can see #4 now that you mention it, but I didn't see it at first.
    Also I think if there is something "understood" in 1 that is explicit in 2, that makes 2 a better answer (or at least as good as 1).
    I prefer #2.
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    Re: The Spoken Corpus computer

    After sharing my opinions with some English-speaking teachers in Australia about this question, I have received this comment. I need your confirmation about this claim. I'm really confused about this test and structure!

    I'm not surprised that it's the answer(No.1), because then the sentence means that we use the pauses and noises to play for time and convey emotion, doubt and irony. That makes sense, but the sentence is wrong without 'and' before 'convey'. There are two verbs play (for time) and convey (emotion, doubt and irony). The and before irony concludes the list 'emotion, doubt and irony' but can't serve to link the verb play and convey.
    If the answer is 1 without 'and' before 'convey', then the book has committed a very basic mistake in English. Both 2 and 4 are better grammatically than 1.

    Thanks!

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