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Grammar Quiz - Ambiguities Options
Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:52:07 PM

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I can forgive the occasional editorial lapse, but this one bothered me:

 Which of the following sentences is not in the past continuous tense?
 a) “I was always trying to find the best opportunities.”
 b) “They left without saying goodbye.”
 c) “Weren’t we looking for something just like this?”
 d) “Sure, he’s doing his best, but is it good enough?”

I clicked on (b) and was told it was correct, but I could just as well have chosen (d), which is in the present continuous tense.

This sort of unintended "trick question" shows up from time to time, and I doubt that there's much to be done about it. I've done enough proof-reading through the years to understand that errors do slip through despite the best efforts of the most competent editors. ("You can't win 'em all.")

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 10:04:42 AM

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Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We will address this on the homepage.

The quiz was previously updated on the past continuous tense subject page:

Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:55:30 AM

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The force is still strong with this one - I stumbled upon it recently:

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