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Dear teachers,
Could please kindly to see if my explanation to the choices of the following sentences are correct or not?

1. With its expensive furniture and crefully-choosen color scheme, the livingroom looked quite___.
a. luxurious b. comfortable

'a' is certainly correct. I think reason that 'b' isn't is that the word 'looked' is used. If the verb is 'is' then it is OK. Am I right?

2. By Christmas we_________ in the new house for almost two months.
a. will have lived b. will have been living
I made a mistake by thinking both were correct. But the explanation to said that 'b' is correct. It suggests they'll go on living there. I didn't know the usage until I read the book. Does it mean 'a' suggests they'll stop live there in two months? I can't find this grammatical rule in my grammatical books. So I'd like to know if the explanation is correct or not.

3. Fed up with violent street crime, they are often content to send in the police force and demand that it do whatever it is necessary while they look the other way.
I don't quite understand the last part of the sentence 'while they look the other way'. If it means 'although they think of it in the other way' that means although they asked the police force to do whatever it is necessary they don't think so'. Then the sentence doesn't make sense. I have a feeling 'look the other way' an idiomatic usage. But I can't find it in my dictionaries. According to the context this expression should mean something like (when the police do whatever necessary ) 'they would look on'.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you in advance.

Have a nice weekend.

Jiang
 

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Anonymous said:
Dear teachers,
Could please kindly to see if my explanation to the choices of the following sentences are correct or not?

1. With its expensive furniture and crefully-choosen color scheme, the livingroom looked quite___.
a. luxurious b. comfortable

'a' is certainly correct. I think reason that 'b' isn't is that the word 'looked' is used. If the verb is 'is' then it is OK. Am I right?

You are right about "a". IMO, "b" is not as good because the expense and color of the furniture have nothing to do with being comfortable.

2. By Christmas we_________ in the new house for almost two months.
a. will have lived b. will have been living
I made a mistake by thinking both were correct. But the explanation to said that 'b' is correct. It suggests they'll go on living there. I didn't know the usage until I read the book. Does it mean 'a' suggests they'll stop live there in two months? I can't find this grammatical rule in my grammatical books. So I'd like to know if the explanation is correct or not.

In my opinion, either of the answers could be correct, although I prefer "b". Without other information, it is likely that the speaker will live in the house continuously from now until Christmas. That situation calls for the progressive form. The future perfect (without progessive) would not necessarily mean that they would stop living in the house by Christmas, but it could mean that. It could also just refer to completing that period of time.

3. Fed up with violent street crime, they are often content to send in the police force and demand that it do whatever it is necessary while they look the other way.
I don't quite understand the last part of the sentence 'while they look the other way'. If it means 'although they think of it in the other way' that means although they asked the police force to do whatever it is necessary they don't think so'. Then the sentence doesn't make sense. I have a feeling 'look the other way' an idiomatic usage. But I can't find it in my dictionaries. According to the context this expression should mean something like (when the police do whatever necessary ) 'they would look on'.

"To look the other way" is to ignore something bad that is going on. It sounds as if the police are being a bit heavy-handed in their dealing with the violent street crime. Rather than complain about the police tactics, the citizens are ignoring any wrongdoing because those tactics are effective in dealing with the problem.
 

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:D

Thank you very much for your explanations. Now I see.

Have a nice weekend.

Jiang
MikeNewYork said:
Anonymous said:
Dear teachers,
Could please kindly to see if my explanation to the choices of the following sentences are correct or not?

1. With its expensive furniture and crefully-choosen color scheme, the livingroom looked quite___.
a. luxurious b. comfortable

'a' is certainly correct. I think reason that 'b' isn't is that the word 'looked' is used. If the verb is 'is' then it is OK. Am I right?

You are right about "a". IMO, "b" is not as good because the expense and color of the furniture have nothing to do with being comfortable.

2. By Christmas we_________ in the new house for almost two months.
a. will have lived b. will have been living
I made a mistake by thinking both were correct. But the explanation to said that 'b' is correct. It suggests they'll go on living there. I didn't know the usage until I read the book. Does it mean 'a' suggests they'll stop live there in two months? I can't find this grammatical rule in my grammatical books. So I'd like to know if the explanation is correct or not.

In my opinion, either of the answers could be correct, although I prefer "b". Without other information, it is likely that the speaker will live in the house continuously from now until Christmas. That situation calls for the progressive form. The future perfect (without progessive) would not necessarily mean that they would stop living in the house by Christmas, but it could mean that. It could also just refer to completing that period of time.

3. Fed up with violent street crime, they are often content to send in the police force and demand that it do whatever it is necessary while they look the other way.
I don't quite understand the last part of the sentence 'while they look the other way'. If it means 'although they think of it in the other way' that means although they asked the police force to do whatever it is necessary they don't think so'. Then the sentence doesn't make sense. I have a feeling 'look the other way' an idiomatic usage. But I can't find it in my dictionaries. According to the context this expression should mean something like (when the police do whatever necessary ) 'they would look on'.

"To look the other way" is to ignore something bad that is going on. It sounds as if the police are being a bit heavy-handed in their dealing with the violent street crime. Rather than complain about the police tactics, the citizens are ignoring any wrongdoing because those tactics are effective in dealing with the problem.
 

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jiang said:
:D

Thank you very much for your explanations. Now I see.

Have a nice weekend.

Jiang

You're very welcome. :wink:
 
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