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    What do you think is being tested in this sentence in regard to learning English?

    "Sally often...........her lunch in a restaurant. Use a. has got b. is having c. has and d.have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakasero95 View Post
    What do you think is being tested in this sentence in regard to learning English?

    "Sally often...........her lunch in a restaurant. Use a. has got b. is having c. has and d.have.

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    It is testing the correct conjugation of the verb 'to have' in the third person singular.

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by nakasero95 View Post
    What do you think is being tested in this sentence in regard to learning English?

    "Sally often...........her lunch in a restaurant. Use a. has got b. is having c. has and d.have.

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    I'll politely disagree with the above poster.

    Adverbs of frequency
    Their position and the verb tenses that goes with them:

    • often + simple present or simple past

    Ex: She often eats, ate ... .

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I'll politely disagree with the above poster.

    Adverbs of frequency
    Their position and the verb tenses that goes with them:

    • often + simple present or simple past

    Ex: She often eats, ate ... .

    How would that fit with the answer options given?!

    "Sally often...........her lunch in a restaurant. Use a. has got b. is having c. has and d.have.

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How would that fit with the answer options given?!
    Let's take a look.

    Sally often...........her lunch in a restaurant.

    a. has got
    => Reason: position Ex: has often + past participle

    b. is having
    => Reason: tense; i.e., adverbs of frequency + simple present, simple past

    c. has
    => Reason: tense and position

    d. have
    => Reason: position
    Learners assume the verb stays in its base form; e.g., have because of its position after the adverb. It doesn't make sense, I know, but that's what they believe at first.

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    Re: Grammar

    Sally often has (her) lunch in a restaurant
    Sally often eats (her) lunch in a restaurant

    Whether you use HAVE or EAT, the position is the same as they are both ordinary verbs, not auxiliary verbs, and as such they must follow the frequency adverb. It's as simple as that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakasero95 View Post
    What do you think is being tested in this sentence in regard to learning English?

    "Sally often...........her lunch in a restaurant. Use a. has got b. is having c. has and d.have.

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    This is the original question: 'what is being tested?'

    This is my original answer: It is testing the correct conjugation of the verb 'to have' in the third person singular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Sally often has (her) lunch in a restaurant
    Sally often eats (her) lunch in a restaurant

    Whether you use HAVE or EAT, the position is the same as they are both ordinary verbs, not auxiliary verbs, and as such they must follow the frequency adverb. It's as simple as that!!
    Sorry, I missed the purpose of the question and launched forth into a totally irrelevant explanation (and that's because I failed to notice the person posting the question was a native speaker...)

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