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    #1

    Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    I will take an english proficiency test in South Korea. While I was solving the test items, I got stuck because of one sentence like the following.

    "Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it as the center of intense activity."

    The learning material I use points out that the sentence above is wrong. But, I have struggled to find the answer.

    Is there an error in grammar?

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    #2

    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    It's fine as it is. It could be written with the verb "choose" conjugated differently, but it's not wrong.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    You said you were stuck on a sentence "like the following". Was the sentence you had trouble with simply "like" that sentence or was that the actual sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's fine as it is. It could be written with the verb "choose" conjugated differently, but it's not wrong.

    I'm sorry but I didn't get your idea. Could you, please, explain what you meant by "cojugated differently"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    I'm sorry but I didn't get understand your idea comment/response. Could you (no comma required) please (no comma required) explain what you meant by "co​njugated differently"?
    Do you understand what the grammar term "conjugate" means in relation to verbs?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Jan-2016 at 19:19.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    "The perfect infinitive", Boris.


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    #7

    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    If I understand you correctly, it's OK to write "...history seems to have chosen", right?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Over the decades, however, history seems to choose it...

    Yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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