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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    I'm with Tarheel on the 'now' question, I think.

    I suspect that the writer decided to include a very unnatural and unnecessary now purely as a way to help elicit that the meeting is ongoing. This is a very poor test question.

    However, that doesn't mean that it's not completely appropriate to end any question with now, of course, Tarheel.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    - Where are the teachers now?
    -In the meeting room.


    I simply don't see the objections to 'now'. In some wider contexts it might well not be necessary, but in some wider contexts it is perfectly natural.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    I'm just trying to understand what Tarheel means. My own point is that there's an obvious difference between the following two sentences:

    Where are the teachers?
    Where are the teachers now?


    Of course, a speaker must have a special reason to include now. There must be some kind of suggestion of contrast to a different time. If I understand Tarheel correctly, he's saying that the speaker doesn't have a reason to use now. I think that's right. I think the question writer didn't imagine a reason for the speaker to use it either. Of course, we can never know this.

    It's a moot and uninteresting point anyway. The question is badly written and it isn't worth discussing the use of now.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post

    However, that doesn't mean that it's not completely appropriate to end any question with now, of course, Tarheel.
    I never said that. I said most questions don't end with now. (They don't.)
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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I never said that. I said most questions don't end with now. (They don't.)
    You're right. Most questions don't end with now, or with then, hello, I, obfuscation or herpes.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by cnjackie88 View Post
    - Where are the teachers now?
    -In the meeting room. They _______the meeting for 10 minutes.
    A have begun
    B have been on
    C have had
    D have been held

    why B is correct? What about C?
    None of the answers are correct. These are correct:

    - They have been meeting for ten minutes.
    - They have been in the meeting for ten minutes.
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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    None of the answers are correct.
    Please tell us then what you would do if, like cnjackie, you were taking a multiple choice test in China with those four answers. Would you scrawl a note telling the examiners all of their choices were wrong?

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Please tell us then what you would do if, like cnjackie, you were taking a multiple choice test in China with those four answers. Would you scrawl a note telling the examiners all of their choices were wrong?
    I'd pick B as the least bad answer. I can imagine a native speaker using "on" for a Zoom meeting.
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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Please tell us then what you would do if, like cnjackie, you were taking a multiple choice test in China with those four answers. Would you scrawl a note telling the examiners all of their choices were wrong?
    Or course not! I'd pick B. In multiple choice tests, you're not supposed to pick the right answer. Sometimes there isn't one. You're supposed to pick the best answer. B is the only one that's grammatical.

    (And my answer wasn't grammatical, either! I should have said, None of the answers is correct.)
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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I should have said, None of the answers is correct.)
    I'd use are. It's not ungrammatical. Zero is plural in English.
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