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    Multiple choice question

    Hi,
    Please tell me right which option is correct in the following question:

    The doctors here are ... provide patients with medicine
    a. very ready to
    b. far ready to
    c. as much as ready to
    d. only too ready to

    Many thanks in advance
    Newbie :)

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,
    Please tell me right which option is correct in the following question:

    The doctors here are ... provide patients with medicine
    a. very ready to
    b. far ready to
    c. as much as ready to
    d. only too ready to

    Many thanks in advance
    Newbie :)
    Hi,

    Both a. and d. work, but if you have to choose just one, go for d.

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,
    Please tell me right which option is correct in the following question:

    The doctors here are ... provide patients with medicine
    a. very ready to
    b. far ready to
    c. as much as ready to
    d. only too ready to

    Many thanks in advance
    Newbie :)
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,

    Both a. and d. work, but if you have to choose just one, go for d.
    bhaisahab,

    I think I might just go with choice (a) 'very ready to'.

    Choice (d) makes the sentence sound like the doctors do little else than provide patients with medicine.

    What do you think?

    Cheers,
    Amigo


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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Is 'ready' a gradable adjective? Doesn't 'very ready' sound odd?
    Do you think it would be better to replace 'very' with some other adverb, like 'quite', 'absolutely', etc.

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Is 'ready' a gradable adjective? Doesn't 'very ready' sound odd?
    Do you think it would be better to replace 'very' with some other adverb, like 'quite', 'absolutely', etc.
    Hi, Clark!

    I totally agree with you! 'Very ready' is irritating to my ear!

    But, given the choices from Newbie, 'very ready' seems like the best answer for the assignment. I personally would just say "The doctors are ready to provide patients with medicine."

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Re:
    The doctors here are only too ready to provide patients with medicine.
    The intention is to say that doctors are too quick to provide patients with medicine when another course of treatment might be better for the patient, but the wording is off. Perhaps:
    The doctors here are all too ready to provide patients with medicine.

    or:

    The doctors here are all too eager to provide patients with medicine.

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Re:
    The doctors here are only too ready to provide patients with medicine.

    The intention is to say that doctors are too quick to provide patients with medicine when another course of treatment might be better for the patient, but the wording is off. Perhaps:
    The doctors here are all too ready to provide patients with medicine.


    or:


    The doctors here are all too eager to provide patients with medicine.
    RonBee,

    The doctors are ready to pass out pills
    In an effort to cure their patients' ills!

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    I agree with RonBee.

    The doctors here are _____ provide patients with medicine.

    a. very ready to
    b. far ready to
    c. as much as ready to
    d. only too ready to

    The question is testing 'very' vs 'only'. The answer is d. 'only...'



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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Thanks a lot, everybody, just one more question now: as native English speakers, do you think the sentence sounds completely natural and native?
    I don't know but to my non-native ears, it does sound so odd (+_+)

    Newbie

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    Re: Multiple choice question

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Thanks a lot, everybody, just one more question now: as native English speakers, do you think the sentence sounds completely natural and native?
    I don't know but to my non-native ears, it does sound so odd (+_+)

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    Hi, Newbie!

    I agree! The sentence is awkward sounding!

    I like RonBee's sentence: "The doctors here are all too eager to provide patients with medicine."

    Good luck!

    Amigo

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