unforeseen vs. foreseeable

Status
Not open for further replies.
G

ggomad

Guest
David's magazine article on the _________ future of Online Journalism
has received various reactions from journalists and editors around the
globe.
(A)accountable
(B)unforeseen
(C)foreseeable
(D)known

I see that both B and C fit in the blank. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
I wouldn't use b) here- 'unforeseen' is often used after an event that hadn't been anticipated. ;-)
 
G

ggomad

Guest
Thank you very much for letting me know what you as a native speaker / English teacher would use in the above sentence.

Well, the anwer to the question above is B in the studybook, I'm afraid. Would you please tell me what you think of the question? Do you still think the question itself is viable and effective for an English word test? Or, do you think otherwise?
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
Sometimes you get wrong answers in books. The question is OK, but I don't agree with the answer, not without more context. ;-)
 

Casiopea

VIP Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2003
Member Type
Other
ggomad said:
David's magazine article on the _________ future of Online Journalism
has received various reactions from journalists and editors around the
globe.
(A)accountable
(B)unforeseen
(C)foreseeable
(D)known

I see that both B and C fit in the blank. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

With respect to tdol's reply, although it's not possible in British English, it's OK in North American English. The phrase unforeseen future is common. It means, unknown future (i.e. not forseen, not known at this time, unknown). forseeable on the other hand means, able to see now.

All the best, :D
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
Thanks, Cas; I didn't know that. ;-)
 
G

ggomad

Guest
Thanks for the kind addition, Casiopia. And thank you indeed tdol for helpful information, which I certainly need.

Bye for now~
 

Casiopea

VIP Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2003
Member Type
Other
ggomad said:
Thanks for the kind addition, Casiopia. And thank you indeed tdol for helpful information, which I certainly need.

Bye for now~

You are welcome. :D
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top