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    #1

    Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    This is a dialogue-completing question with its reference answers.

    A: It's a nice day.
    B: Yes, it's a beautiful day .
    A: Are there so many people here all the time?
    B: Sorry, I donít know. This is my first time here.
    A: Me, too. I think this is a great place.
    B: Yeah, I think so too.
    A: Where are you visiting from?
    B: Iím visiting from London. How about you?
    A: I come from New York.
    B: Thatís cool. Are you having a good time?
    A: Yes. There are many things to see and Iím taking a lot of pictures.
    B: How long have you been here?
    A: For two weeks, I went to San Francisco and Los Angeles. I want to see Yellow Stone National Park before I leave.
    B: Thatís great.
    A: Oh, my friends are waiting for me. I hope you enjoy your stay here.
    B: Thank you. It was nice meeting you.

    (Senior High School Entrance Examination, English, 2016, Henan Province, China)

    I have two questions about it.
    1. Is ĎWhere are you visiting from?í correct?
    2. Is ĎIím taking a lot of picturesí correct? What about saying this? Iíve taken a lot of pictures.

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    #2

    Re: Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    1. Yes.
    2. Yes. You can say "I've taken a lot of pictures." But the question was in the present progressive, so A answered in the same tense.

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    #3

    Re: Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    And taking a lot of pictures implies that the process is ongoing.

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    #4

    Re: Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    They've mis-named the park. It's Yellowstone. And it's awfully far away for someone who's visiting California. I bet the test-writer was thinking of Yosemite National Park, which (like me at the moment) is in California.
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    #5

    Re: Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    Ah, but Yellowstone does look worth a side trip:

    https://i0.wp.com/artlistr.com/wp-co...dams.jpg?ssl=1

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    #6

    Re: Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Ah, but Yellowstone does look worth a side trip:

    https://i0.wp.com/artlistr.com/wp-co...dams.jpg?ssl=1
    Definitely. But you'd have to be prepared for a bit of a trek. Google tells me it's a fifteen-hour drive from San Francisco.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 16-Jun-2019 at 17:27.
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    #7

    Re: Iím taking a lot of pictures.

    Just go to Yellowstone, and forget the rest. Take pictures to your heart's delight.
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