Thanks for your help.
But if I choose A for the following multiple choice instead of B or C ,is that ok?
Never_in greater need of modern public transportation than it is today.
A. was it B. has it C. it has D. it is
What if I choose A. for the following instead of B?
No one believes his reason for being absent from class _.
A. because he had to meet his uncle at the airport
Never was it in greater need of modern public transportation than it is today. - I can see nothing wrong with this solution! (I don't know what that 'it' refers to though? A city?)
No one believes his reason for being absent from class because he had to meet his uncle at the airport. - In this case however, 'A' is not the best choice.
The word "because" is usually followed by a reason. --> By choosing 'A' the sentence would imply that the reason why they don't believe his excuse is "because he had to meet his uncle at the airport". To me, this makes no sense... So, here I would go for 'B'.
Thanks a lot, Doris.
I agree with you on the second question, i.e. C is the best choice.
In the first question, "it"refers" to a city in China-Shanghai. Some of my friends would like to go for "has it". But as I've said, I am inclined to go for "was it". I wonder if there is any difference between these two choices
As Doris said..never was it in need isthe only right answer since we must invert subject/aux. to aux/subj when having sentences that start with negative or limiting adverbials like Never,Rarely,Hardly ever,Seldom etc...
" Never has it been in greater need of" would be possible...
As for the second question I agree with Doris again! I would go with letter B as being the least worst...rsrsr... no one believed or believes that his reason for being absent from class was/is because he had to meet...would be good.
Answer A "was it" is the only correct choice in question 1. The sentence compares the needs of the city in the past (was) to its needs in the present (is). The other choices would never be spoken, or clearly understood by a native English speaker.
I agree with the others that answer B is the most correct for the second question.