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If the new airboat does what it is to be doing—travel at high speeds undeterred by sandbars, crocodile-infested mudflats, or marshy hippo haunts—it could revolutionize transport on the 2,900-mile-long Congo River.
(A) If the new airboat does what it is to be doing
(B) If the new airboat does what it is supposed to do
(C) If it does as the new airboat is supposed to do
(D) Doing what it is the new airboat is supposed to do
(E) Doing what the new airboat is to be doing

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New post 24 Nov 2005, 09:23
Vote for B.

D, E change the meaning.
C: ambiguous.

what it is supposed to do is the correct phrase.
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B sounds good.
(B) If the new airboat does what it is supposed to do
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But isn't A, B and C all violating the past subjunctive rule?


if the new boat did what it is supposed to do......., it could revolutionize transport on the 2,900-mile-long Congo River.

This should be the correct sujunctive usage.

I don't find any of the choice to be correct.
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New post 10 May 2006, 09:05
amy_v wrote:
If the new airboat does what it is to be doing—travel at high speeds undeterred by sandbars, crocodile-infested mudflats, or marshy hippo haunts—it could revolutionize transport on the 2,900-mile-long Congo River.
(A) If the new airboat does what it is to be doing
(B) If the new airboat does what it is supposed to do
(C) If it does as the new airboat is supposed to do
(D) Doing what it is the new airboat is supposed to do
(E) Doing what the new airboat is to be doing

Pls explain your choice


A- To be doing not idiomatic
B- Idiomatic+grammatical construction is perfect
c- It means what ? Not clear
D&E Awkward.
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New post 10 May 2006, 20:57
As nakib77 correctly pointed out , why is there no 'did' in the sentence ? :o

Is 'to be doing' unidiomatic??
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New post 11 May 2006, 07:41
amy_v wrote:
If the new airboat does what it is to be doing—travel at high speeds undeterred by sandbars, crocodile-infested mudflats, or marshy hippo haunts—it could revolutionize transport on the 2,900-mile-long Congo River.
(A) If the new airboat does what it is to be doing
(B) If the new airboat does what it is supposed to do
(C) If it does as the new airboat is supposed to do
(D) Doing what it is the new airboat is supposed to do
(E) Doing what the new airboat is to be doing

Pls explain your choice


B is correct...
In my opinion the reason the writer used "does" instead of "did", is to show a future action is relation to .."revolutionize transport".
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