[Grammar] Once a year, at a special ceremony, a few distinguished people __ Nobel Prizes.

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Once a year, at a special ceremony, a few distinguished people __ Nobel Prizes.

A) will award
B) are being awarded
C) are awarded
D) were awarded
E) had been awarded

My answer is B. Answer key is C. I can not differentiate between the two option.Which one is true in which cases? How can I differentiate between the two? What is the grammar name of it in order to investigate it? Thanks in advance.
 

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Re: A Question About Passive & Causatives -4

C) uses present simple (passive), which is good for regular, or routine events such as this. The time phrase Once a year sets this context.

B) uses present continuous (passive), which is used to focus on one specific event. You might use this form to describe the event as it is happening. This could (but not necessarily) be a one-off event. As we speak, somewhere in Norway, a few distinguished people are being awarded Nobel Prizes.
 

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Re: A Question About Passive & Causatives -4

Which one is correct [STRIKE]true[/STRIKE] in which cases?
Note correction above. "True" means verifiable. It does not mean "correct".
 

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I have changed your thread title. As I have explained in your thread about an apple falling on someone's head, titles should include some/all of the words/phrases you are actually asking us about.
 

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D is also correct if the event does not happen anymore. That however would require additional context.
 
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