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If the new airboat does what it is to be doing—travel at high speeds

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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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Originally posted by Bunuel on 18 Nov 2019, 05:28.
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Answer is B for stating the purpose of the new boat in infinitive terms and for referring the pronoun 'it' wherever it appears to the subject of the the subordinate conditional clause.
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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


Correct answer: B

A: Incorrect. "Is to be doing" does not mean "supposed to be doing" as the meaning of the sentence (signaled by "if") suggests. Rather, "is to be doing" negates the conditional by simply stating "if the new airboat does what it will do"--a scenario that is not at all a conditional.
B: Correct
C: Incorrect. "It does as" suggests that the sentence refers to an entity other than the new airboat. The sentence, however, clearly refers to the "new airboat" with the "it" later on in the sentence.
D: Incorrect. "Doing what it is" creates a similar error as seen in (C) but with a nonsensical meaning.
E: Incorrect. "Doing" creates a similar error as seen in (C), suggesting that the sentence is referring to an entity other than the new airboat.
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Bunuel 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


Correct answer: B

A: Incorrect. "Is to be doing" does not mean "supposed to be doing" as the meaning of the sentence (signaled by "if") suggests. Rather, "is to be doing" negates the conditional by simply stating "if the new airboat does what it will do"--a scenario that is not at all a conditional.
B: Correct
C: Incorrect. "It does as" suggests that the sentence refers to an entity other than the new airboat. The sentence, however, clearly refers to the "new airboat" with the "it" later on in the sentence.
D: Incorrect. "Doing what it is" creates a similar error as seen in (C) but with a nonsensical meaning.
E: Incorrect. "Doing" creates a similar error as seen in (C), suggesting that the sentence is referring to an entity other than the new airboat.


Do you mean that "to be doing" has the same meaning as "will do"? This verb phrase "to be doing" is new to me. Please elaborate on it to me.
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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

Answer is B

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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 --- to be doing is not correct
(B) If the new airboat does what it is supposed to do - correct- proper conveying meaning
(C) If it does as the new airboat is supposed to do It is not good way to use . and What is subject to it is representing
(D) Doing what it is the new airboat is supposed to do --It is not good way to use . and What is subject to it is representing
(E) Doing what the new airboat is to be doing --It is not good way to use . and What is subject to it is representing
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