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shane

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This was just posted on another forum. Which answer do you think is suitable? I'm a little confused...

I believe reserves of coal here are _____ to last for fifty years.

A. efficient
B. original
C. typical
D. principal

I would say that sufficient would be a better choice myself. :)
 

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I'd agree with you. :)
 

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Sufficient is an excellent choice--much better than those actually given. Perhaps efficient was supposed to be sufficient. Apparently, somebody goofed.

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Unfortunately, it has been hard to convince the student that the question is wrong. He or she is convinced that a textbook is incapable of possessing a mistake, and that maybe the foreigner is wrong. :(
 

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Ah, the red nosed foreign devils trying to stir things up. ;-)
 

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I believe so. ;-0
 

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Judging from your avatar, they're right. ;-)
 

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shane said:
This was just posted on another forum. Which answer do you think is suitable? I'm a little confused...

I believe reserves of coal here are _____ to last for fifty years.

A. efficient
B. original
C. typical
D. principal

I would say that sufficient would be a better choice myself. :)

I agree with you also. One could also insert "expected", "supposed", etc. Just out of curiosity, which answer did the student choose? :roll:
 

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I'm not sure if it's a misuse- we say 'big nose' as well as 'long'. ;-)
 

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Here in China, 'big' is a reference to the bridge of the nose, not the size or length, apparently. ;)
 

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It's got to have some dimensions, hasn't it?;-)
 
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