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    His carelessness has resulted

    In this synthesis exercise, why is my answer incorrect?

    Question: He is careless. Everybody has to wait for him.

    My answer: His carelessness has resulted in everybody waiting for him.
    (I have to use ‘has resulted’ which is fixed in its position)

    Thank you.

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    Where is this exercise from?
    “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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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    A practice paper which a friend was doing. I saw the question and attempted it.

    The correct answer given was 'His carelessness has resulted in everybody having to wait for him.'

    I don't understand what's the difference between the correct answer and mine.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Oceanlike; 22-Jul-2017 at 07:07. Reason: To add last two sentences.

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    "Everybody waited for him" does not necessarily imply "Everybody had to wait for him."

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    Sorry, I don't quite understand your explanation.

    'His carelessness has resulted in everybody waiting for him,' implies that everybody waited for him?

    Why the need to use 'having to wait'?

    Thank you!







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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    The original said "Everybody has to wait for him" not "Everybody waits for him". If you don't use "... resulted in everybody having to wait for him" you lose the idea expressed by "has to" in the original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The original said "Everybody has to wait for him" not "Everybody waits for him". If you don't use "... resulted in everybody having to wait for him" you lose the idea expressed by "has to" in the original.
    Thank you for your explanation, emsr2d2. I posted this as I was unable to 'like' your reply when I clicked on 'Like'.

    Don't know what's the problem.
    Last edited by Oceanlike; 24-Jul-2017 at 15:07. Reason: add the last sentence.

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    Be patient. There was an upgrade to the forum this morning. The Like and Thank buttons are temporarily not working. They'll be back.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Thank you for your explanation, emsr2d2. I posted this as I was unable to 'like' your reply when I clicked on 'Like'.

    Don't know what's the problem.
    I don't know what the problem is. "Is" should be at the end of the sentence. I have seen a lot of students make the same mistake.

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    Re: His carelessness has resulted

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I don't understand what's the difference between the correct answer and mine.
    You've lost some meaning. I did and I had to do are not synonymous.

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