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    Lightbulb why B is correct, what about C

    - 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?

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    C is not necessarily incorrect, but it is not the answer the author wanted because it is less natural. What do I mean by natural? The more likely a native speaker would be to choose something, the more natural we consider that choice to be.

    This matter of "naturalness" is not peculiar to English. All languages have the concept as far as I know.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by cnjackie88 View Post

    wWhy is B is correct?
    Note my corrections to your question.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    A: Where are the teachers?
    B: They're in the meeting room.
    A: When will they be finished?
    B: Any time now. The meeting is supposed to last about ten minutes, and it's been going on that long already.

    Please note that we do not usually end questions with "now".
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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post

    Please note that we do not usually end questions with "now".
    I'm sure I do. That question looks OK to me.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    "have been in​" (AmE)

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    The preposition on is wrong (in all varieties of English). It should say in, or possibly at, but not on.

    They've been in the meeting for ten minutes.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    "have been in​" (AmE)
    and in BrE.

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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'm sure I do. That question looks OK to me.
    You usually end your questions with "now"? Really?

    A: Where are the teachers now?
    B: They're the same place they were ten minutes ago. Why do you want to know?

    Either "now" means something or it doesn't.
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    Re: why B is correct, what about C

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    You usually end your questions with "now"? Really?
    Not usually, but I see no restriction if the word is appropriate.
    Last edited by 5jj; 28-Mar-2021 at 08:46.

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