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    in one hour [tense]

    The tables ____ cleaned by John in one hour.
    (A) will be (B) are (C) were (D) has been
    Option A is correct. Are the other options acceptable?
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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    The tables ____ cleaned by John in one hour.
    (A) will (B) are (C) were (D) has been
    Option A is correct. Are the other options acceptable?
    Option A is not correct!
    Did you copy it correctly? If so, which one(s) would you choose?

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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    I have corrected my typo. Thank you!
    Option A is correct NOW.
    I think that option C is also acceptable, isn't it?

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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I have corrected my typo. Thank you!
    Option A is correct NOW.
    I think that option C is also acceptable, isn't it?
    It certainly is. What do you think about B?

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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    No idea whether B is correct.

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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    No idea whether B is correct.
    When you write something that is not a complete sentence, you shouldn't formalize it with capitalization and punctuation.
    Just write no idea whether it is correct, and it will look like the casual statement that it is.

    B is also correct. The sentence means that John needs only one hour to clean the tables.
    John cleans the tables in one hour. The tables are cleaned by John in one hour.

    This is an example of using present tense to express a habitual/recurring action.

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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    1. The tables were cleaned by John in one hour.
    2. The tables are cleaned by John in one hour.
    3. The tables will be cleaned by John in one hour.
    In #1 and #2. "in one hour" means "within one hour", doesn't it?
    Which does "in one hour" mean in #3--"within one hour" or "in one hour's time"?

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    Re: in one hour [tense]

    [quote=sitifan;398371]1. The tables were cleaned by John in one hour.
    2. The tables are cleaned by John in one hour.
    3. The tables will be cleaned by John in one hour.
    In #1 and #2. "in one hour" means "within one hour", doesn't it? Yes, it (didn't)(doesn't) take John more than an hour to clean the tables.
    Which does "in one hour" mean in #3--"within one hour" or "in one hour's time"? That's a good question. The meaning is unclear, so it is not a good sentence. It's a bad test question because there are more than one grammatically correct sentences and the chosen sentence is unclear. I applaud you for realizing that. I didn't mention it before because we were focus(s)ing on whether other choices could be correct.[/quote]
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