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    Choices of verb

    So how can we. as readers or viewers, determine bias? Well. in the case of newspapers. it manifests itself in a number of ways, such as what events __________ for inclusion or omission.

    a) being selected
    b) selected
    c) are selected

    Why the answer cannot be b) selected ?

    Thanks for the help.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Dec-2016 at 20:10. Reason: Tided up the post (extra line breaks, incorrect paragraph breaks)

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    Re: Choices of verb

    It can't be b), because events don't select themselves- someone selects them for inclusion in the newspaper. Therefore, we would use the passive and say that the events are selected.

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    Re: Choices of verb

    Welcome to the forum, Polly.

    The second clause needs a finite verb. Only c) has one.

    Why the answer cannot be b) selected ? Why cannot answer b) be selected?
    Please note this better way to ask your question.

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    Re: Choices of verb

    B) could be a finite verb; it's a question of the form for me.

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    Re: Choices of verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    B) could be a finite verb; it's a question of the form for me.
    Thanks for your answer.
    Can "b) selected" act like a past participate in this sentence?
    I am not sure how we call it, but why "answer c" is a better answer than "answer a"?

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    Re: Choices of verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Polly_happiness View Post
    Thanks for your answer.
    Can "b) selected" act like a past participle participate in this sentence?
    I am not sure what how we call it, but why is answer c [no quotation marks] is a better answer than answer a?
    Answer A is ungrammatical. The phrase would have to be what events are being selected for inclusion.

    I removed the quotation marks from answer a and answer c because you were not quoting text; you were just naming two choices.

    Remember to invert the subject and verb when you write a question. Ask Why is the sky blue, not "Why the sky is blue". People will understand the incorrect version but it's a basic error which native speakers never make*.

    *(Actually, I have a niece who is a native speaker and used to make that error when she was little. She had a French-speaking nanny. In conversational French, questions are formed without inversion, and my niece picked up the habit from her nanny.)
    I am not a teacher.

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