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    will be made or are being made

    Hi, teachers. Here comes a question taken from a test paper:
    More efforts, as reported, ____ in the year ahead to accelerate the supply-side structional reform.
    A. are made B. will be made C are being made D. have been made
    In my opinion, the word strutional should be structural. Besides, the answers all work well except D.
    Could you kindly share your excellent views with me?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: will be made or are being made

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    In my opinion, the word strutional should be structural.
    I agree.

    B is the most natural answer, though C is possible. The other two don't work.

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    Re: will be made or are being made

    Thank you very much, Piscean. I once learnt the the simple present tense could imply the future, such as:
    The president holds a rally next hour in Washington, D.C.
    Australia meets Sweden in the David Cup final in December.
    What time does the match begin?
    In the original, why doesn't it work, please?

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    Re: will be made or are being made

    I'd rule out both A and C. B is the obvious answer. (I assume we all agree on that. And that's usually enough.) These tests aren't invitations to think of contexts in which a different answer might be possible. They're tests of whether you know what the immediately obvious answer would be to a native speaker. It's a test of familiarity with normal usage, not of your imagination. You don't need to read more into it than the tester is asking for.

    You can't say that more efforts are made next year. You have no idea. That's the same for C.
    It's true that "I am going to Ouagadougou next year" is natural. But "More efforts are being made next year" seems like pure speculation.
    Last edited by Raymott; 10-Jun-2016 at 16:52. Reason: typo

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