Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 327
    #1

    "would be"

    "Retired soccer player Zidane said that he ___ happy to do something for children."

    A.would be B.could be C. should be D. must be

    It's from a grammar excercise book.

    To me, this seems like a bad mulitiple choice question. Intuitively, I would choose A. But there is really no solid reason to say why all other choices are wrong.

    What do you guys think?

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,624
    #2

    Re: "would be"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    "Retired soccer player Zidane said that he ___ happy to do something for children."

    A.would be B.could be C. should be D. must be

    It's from a grammar excercise book.

    To me, this seems like a bad mulitiple choice question. Intuitively, I would choose A. But there is really no solid reason to say why all other choices are wrong.

    What do you guys think?
    Only A. makes it a natural sentence.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 327
    #3

    Re: "would be"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Only A. makes it a natural sentence.
    But using naturalness to explain everything seems a bit challanging to entry-level English learners. Because learners always ask why other choices are wrong.

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,624
    #4

    Re: "would be"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    But using naturalness to explain everything seems a bit challanging to entry-level English learners. Because learners always ask why other choices are wrong.
    Yes, I agree. That exercise is not suitable for entry-level learners.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2012, 04:23
  2. Usage of "neighbor", "neighboring", "neighbored", "nearby"
    By Fabulous_Learner in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2012, 15:11
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jul-2012, 19:53
  4. [Vocabulary] Difference between "health" and "wellness", "Diagnosis" and "Analysis"
    By tobysky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2010, 23:43
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •