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    #1

    she 'will tire out'

    I got the wrong answer in the sentence below:

    ---> By the time the guests arrived, she would be tired out.
    (The correct answer should be ‘will tire out’)

    I don't understand why 'would be tired out' is incorrect. Kindly teach me.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: she 'will tire out'

    "By the time the guests arrived, she would be tired out." could be a correct sentence in the right context.
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    By the time the guests arrived, she will tire out." is not a possible grammatical sentence.


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    #3

    Re: she 'will tire out'

    The best would be "By the time the guests arrived, she was tired out."

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    #4

    Re: she 'will tire out'

    I disagree. The best sentence would be the one that has the intended meaning. We don't know that. And we also don't know the question.

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    #5

    Re: she 'will tire out'

    And I disagree. The intended meaning is easily inferable.

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    Re: she 'will tire out'

    Thank you, Raymott, MikeNewYork!

    I reckon my question was not clear

    The intended meaning is that the person - she - would be exhausted by the time the guests arrived. Reason being she's been busy preparing to host a get-together.

    In this context, given the choice of (a) 'would be tired out' or (b) 'will tire out', I chose (a) which turned out to be incorrect according to the answer key.

    I want to understand why (a) is correct and (b) is incorrect.
    How can 'will tire out' be used correctly in a sentence?

    @Raymott: Please help me to understand why
    "By the time the guests arrived, she will tire out" is not a possible grammatical sentence.

    Thank you!



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    Re: she 'will tire out'

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Please help me to understand why "By the time the guests arrived, she will tire out" is not a possible grammatical sentence.
    Because 'arrived' refers to the past and 'will' refers to the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    How can 'will tire out' be used correctly in a sentence?
    'By the time the guests arrive, she will be tired out.'

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    Re: she 'will tire out'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "By the time the guests arrived, she would be tired out." could be a correct sentence in the right context.
    Is the following context right?
    'I had thought that by the time the quests arrived, she would be tired out. However, it turned out not to be so.'

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    Re: she 'will tire out'

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    In this context, given the choice of (a) 'would be tired out' or (b) 'will tire out', I chose (a) which turned out to be incorrect according to the answer key.
    I think there's a mistake in the answer key. I think your answer is right.

    Where did you see this?


    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Please help me to understand why "By the time the guests arrived, she will tire out" is not a possible grammatical sentence.
    The tenses are jumbled up and don't work.

    We could use the following:
    By the time the guests arrived, she was tired out. (This meaning that it happened in the past)
    By the time the guests arrive, she will be tired out. (The event is going to take place and the preparation or whatever happens beforehand will exhaust her)
    By the time the guests arrived, she would be tired out. (A hypothetical even that has not been decided on, and the speaker is pointing out an issue)
    Last edited by Tdol; 23-Jun-2015 at 17:56. Reason: typo t -> it

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    Re: she 'will tire out'

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    And I disagree. The intended meaning is easily inferable.
    Mike would probably accept that he's guessed wrongly here. Sure, it's easy to infer and assert a meaning if you don't want to engage with the learner's question. Just ignore the question and the context, and write a sentence that you like the sound of.

    There are two possibilities given. One is incorrect. That leaves the other one.
    With context: "You can't make her do all the preparation herself. [If you did],
    By the time the guests arrived, she would be tired out." Since this is grammatically correct, and since it is the only correct option given by the OP, saying that a sentence with a completely different meaning is "best" is not to the point, and bound to confuse most learners who read the errant post.
    Last edited by Raymott; 23-Jun-2015 at 07:13.

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