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    die fast

    Nothing could be done to save the patient and he ____ fast.
    (A) died (B) die (C) was dying (D) was dead
    The answer is option C. Why is option A incorrect?

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    Re: die fast

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Nothing could be done to save the patient and he ____ fast.
    (A) died (B) die (C) was dying (D) was dead
    The answer is option C. Why is option A incorrect?
    Actually I think A is the best answer.

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    Re: die fast

    I think A is the only correct answer!

    Who told you the correct answer was (C)?

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Smile Re: die fast

    Hi
    I think (A) is the right answer for your sentence as the sentence talks about something that took place in the past.


    take care

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    Re: die fast

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Nothing could be done to save the patient and he ____ fast.
    (A) died (B) die (C) was dying (D) was dead
    The answer is option C. Why is option A incorrect?
    i think a or c are correct, but A is maybe better

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    #6

    Re: die fast

    A Dictionary of Answers to Common Questions in English, page 364, by Zhao Zhencai, a Chinese teacher of English.

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    Re: die fast

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    A Dictionary of Answers to Common Questions in English, page 364, by Zhao Zhencai, a Chinese teacher of English.
    In this case, Zhao Zhencai has made a mistake. That is not uncommon among human beings. It certainly seems common in these multiple choice exams set by non-native speakers.

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    #8

    Re: die fast

    Hello,
    Not a teacher opinion.

    I find that type of questions very difficult to answer, as a student.
    It's becouse I don't know the context of the sentence that the person who created the multiple choice test had in mind.

    Let me create* a context to the answer C

    Nothing could be done to save the patient and he was dying fast. His days were over by October.

    If A is chosen then it's just a statement of fact;

    * Is create an appropriate word ?
    Cheers,
    Last edited by Jaskin; 24-Oct-2008 at 11:02.

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    Re: die fast

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    Not a teacher opinion.

    I find that type of questions very difficult to answer, as a student.
    It's becouse I don't know the context of the sentence that the person who created the multiple choice test had in mind.

    Let me create* a context to the answer C

    Nothing could be done to save the patient and he was dying fast. His days were over by October.

    If A is chosen then it's just a statement of fact;

    * Is create an appropriate word ?
    Cheers,
    "Propose" or "suggest" (or maybe even "present") would be better, although I wouldn't say "create" is wrong.

    And your suggested scenario is spot on. As you have seen, it's not really a question of one answer being 'better' than the other. If the patient was already dead at the time of the narrative, A is the only possible answer - not just better. If the patient was still alive at the time of the narrative, C is the only possible answer - not just better.

    So the writer wasn't wrong. He just didn't realize that the question was unfair (because it didn't make the full context clear); and in his mind he 'knew' the patient was still alive (in his story - which he didn't tell).

    Other people who have posted are doing the same in reverse; but in their minds the patient is already dead.

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    Re: die fast

    PS

    Incidentally, when I saw the thread's title I thought you were thinking of a different meaning of "fast": a "dye" (colouring for material) is "fast" if it doesn't run when it gets wet.



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