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# Canadian scientists have calculated that one human being

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06 Jul 2004, 04:12
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Canadian scientists have calculated that one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite, while each year sixteen buildings can be expected to sustain damage from such objects.
(A) one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite
(B) a human being should be struck by a meteorite once in every nine years
(C) a meteorite will strike one human being once in every nine years
(D) every nine years a human being will be struck by a meteorite
(E) every nine years a human being should be struck by a meteorite

why D is better than E?

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06 Jul 2004, 04:25
(D) is better.

(E) says that it is mandatory that meteriot "should" struck a human being,

While the intended meaning is to forecast the fact that meteriot "will" struck a human being.

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06 Jul 2004, 04:55
(D) is better.

(E) says that it is mandatory that meteriot "should" struck a human being,

While the intended meaning is to forecast the fact that meteriot "will" struck a human being.

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06 Jul 2004, 05:18
should = futurity but from a point of view in the past
Ex: I should have done it two years ago
will = futurity from present
Ex: I will do it tomorrow
Since question is talking about futurity(probability) in the present, "will" is best. Between C and D, D is best because C implies that there will be one and that one human being will be struck every nine year. D has indefinite article which means just any one human being will be struck.
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06 Jul 2004, 22:31
Thanks Paul.

I got the difference between will and should

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