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    as it is

    Dear teachers,

    Spring is here. The ground is covered, _______ with a green carpet.
    a. as it is b. as it was c. as it were

    The key is "c". No problem.
    The meanings of "a" and "b" are the same but they are different from "c". Is that right?
    Can I choose "a" ?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Exclamation Re: as it is

    You can ues (a) if it is really covered with a green carpet, otherwise only (c) is applicable.

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    Re: as it is

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Spring is here. The ground is covered, _______ with a green carpet.
    a. as it is b. as it was c. as it were

    The key is "c". No problem.
    The meanings of "a" and "b" are the same but they are different from "c". Is that right?
    Can I choose "a" ?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Actually, no, not in this case. As it were is another way of saying so to speak. Note the analogy, grass = green carpet.

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