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    #1

    remaining to be solved

    This question comes from a test paper:

    The teacher said there were still so many problems _____, though we had made great progress.

    A. remaining to be solved B. remained to solve
    C. remaining to solve D. remained to be solved

    The given answer is A. I felt the sentence didn't read smoothly. Should we just say 'there were still so many problems to solve/ to be solved' or 'so many problems remained to be solved' instead of the original?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me with this question?
    Thank you very much.

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    #2

    Re: remaining to be solved

    Your alternatives work fine, but the original is OK; it's a bit of a cumbersome phrase, but perfectly grammatical.

  3. #3

    Smile Re: remaining to be solved

    From my point of view I would say the sentence D is the most natural but it definitely needs a 'which':

    'still so many problems which remained to be solved'

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