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    Susan: Oh, no! The door and the window     !
    Victor: Who could have done this
    Susan: Go in quickly and see if we’ve lost anything. 
    (A) are breaking  (B) have broken  (C) were broken  (D) will break
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    The answer to the above question is option C. Do you agree?

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    Re: break

    As is, that is, in that context, are broken (Present fact) sounds more natural.

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    Re: break

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    As is, that is, in that context, are broken (Present fact) sounds more natural.
    What does As is, that is mean?

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    Re: break

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does As is, that is mean?
    As is means without additional context.

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    Re: break

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Susan: Oh, no! The door and the window     !
    Victor: Who could have done this
    Susan: Go in quickly and see if we’ve lost anything. 
    (A) are breaking  (B) have broken  (C) were broken  (D) will break
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    The answer to the above question is option C. Do you agree?
    I would say that "have been broken" is best. "Are broken" is also possible. But Victor uses the present perfect which would follow naturally from Susan using it.
    S: They have been broken.
    V: Who could have done this?


    A, B and D all tend to suggest that they broke by themselves, or that they are breaking or will break by themselves.
    So, I'd choose C.

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    Re: break

    I agree that of the available options "were broken" is the only choice possible, but "have been broken" is much better by far.

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    Re: break

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I agree that of the available options "were broken" is the only choice possible, but "have been broken" is much better by far.
    Yes, I agree. It's a nice addition.

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