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    #1

    tell sb about there being

    --We didn't find the Blacks ______ the lecture.
    --No one had told him about _______ a lecture the following day.

    A. to attend; there to be B. attending; there being
    C. attended; theere be D. attend; there was

    This is a test item set by a Chinese teacher of English. The given answer is B and there is no better answer to choose. But I doubt that you native speakers will say things like this. I guess you'll say:

    --We didn't find the Blacks at the lecture.
    --No. No one had told him about the lecture/ No one had told him there was a lecture.

    Or is there any other natural way to say it?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: tell sb about there being

    We didn't see the Blacks at the lecture. (I hope you are talking about Jim and Linda Black.)

    No one has told him that there would be a lecture the following day.

    This is how I would say it.

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