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    competed - competing

    I did this quiz...

    Before the merger, Kmart was _______ against Walmart.
    a) competing b) competed c) competes d) to compete

    and the correct answer is a) but my answer is b)
    Why it can't be "competed" in this sentense ?

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    Re: completed - completing

    Quote Originally Posted by PJansam View Post
    I did this quiz...

    Before the merger, Kmart was _______ against Walmart.
    a) competing b) competed c) competes d) to compete

    The correct answer is a) but my answer is b).
    Why can't it be "competed" in this sentence ?
    The answer to your question lies in the verb before the blank. Think about that and see if you can answer your question.

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    Re: completed - completing

    Before the merger, Kmart was _______ against Walmart.
    a) competing b) competed c) competes d) to compete

    Because the verb "was" is there, you have to use "competing". (a continuous tense)
    'Before the merger, Kmart competed against Walmart.' would be correct.

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    Re: completed - completing

    If you use was competed,then someone controlled Kmart

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    Re: competed - competing

    I changed the thread title to "competed - competing" from "completed - completing."

    Just an FYI. They are, of course, completely different words.
    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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