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# The customary daily heated parliamentary debates in the society office

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12 Aug 2017, 12:14
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The customary daily heated parliamentary debates in the society office begins at 1300 hours and, as long as the coffee supplies may last, it continues.

A. begins at 1300 hours and, as long as the coffee supplies may last, it continues
B. will begin at 1300 hours and continue until the coffee supplies lasts
C. begins at 1300 hours, continuing until the coffee supplies last
D. will begin at 1300 hours and, until the coffee supplies lasts, they will continue
E. will begin at 1300 hours and continue as long as the coffee supplies last

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12 Aug 2017, 19:13
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The customary daily heated parliamentary debates in the society office begins at 1300 hours and, as long as the coffee supplies may last, it continues.

A. begins at 1300 hours and, as long as the coffee supplies may last, it continues
B. will begin at 1300 hours and continue until the coffee supplies lasts
Coffee supplies is plural, should be followed by plural verb "last"
C. begins at 1300 hours, continuing until the coffee supplies last
Though this choice corrects the subject verb error, continuing until is plain awkward
D. will begin at 1300 hours and, until the coffee supplies lasts, they will continue
Coffee supplies is plural, should be followed by plural verb "last". Also they has no clear logical antecedent
E. will begin at 1300 hours and continue as long as the coffee supplies last
Both the idiom error and the S-V error are corrected in this choice, and is the correct answer.
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15 Apr 2019, 11:26
Can someone please explain in detail? Is it ok to use the future tense here? Aren't we use simple present tense for the scheduled events?
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16 Apr 2019, 09:44
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I don't know if the use of future tense is correct but there are other ways to get to the answer:-

Now Parliamentary debates is plural and need to be followed by begin and not begins,

So eliminate A & C.

Coffee Supplies should be followed by Last
Eliminate B & D.

You are left with E.
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16 Apr 2019, 10:13
Manat wrote:
arorni

I don't know if the use of future tense is correct but there are other ways to get to the answer:-

Now Parliamentary debates is plural and need to be followed by begin and not begins,

So eliminate A & C.

Coffee Supplies should be followed by Last
Eliminate B & D.

You are left with E.

Thanks for the reply.Yes, you are right. Although my answer was correct. I just wanted to know, why we have used will here. Is it ok to do that?
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16 Apr 2019, 10:44
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arorni wrote:
Manat wrote:
arorni

I don't know if the use of future tense is correct but there are other ways to get to the answer:-

Now Parliamentary debates is plural and need to be followed by begin and not begins,

So eliminate A & C.

Coffee Supplies should be followed by Last
Eliminate B & D.

You are left with E.

Thanks for the reply.Yes, you are right. Although my answer was correct. I just wanted to know, why we have used will here. Is it ok to do that?

I don't see anything wrong with using WILL, Also try and eliminate answers choices on other factors, I am not an expert but at the end, you just need to eliminate 4 answer choices.
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16 Apr 2019, 23:17
arorni wrote:
Manat wrote:
arorni

I don't know if the use of future tense is correct but there are other ways to get to the answer:-

Now Parliamentary debates is plural and need to be followed by begin and not begins,

So eliminate A & C.

Coffee Supplies should be followed by Last
Eliminate B & D.

You are left with E.

Thanks for the reply.Yes, you are right. Although my answer was correct. I just wanted to know, why we have used will here. Is it ok to do that?

arorni , yes, customarily we use simple present to talk about scheduled events.
Using the simple present tense "will begin," though, is not wrong—
and not something I have ever seen tested in an official question.

The show begins at 9 p.m. is the standard construction.
The show will begin at 9 p.m. is neither standard nor wrong.

I would not worry about the issue. Manat , +1 for a good philosophy and for helping.

All: If you can, pick the answer that uses only the present tense to talk about a scheduled event.
On the other hand, if you have one answer that remains after POE
but that uses "will" to talk about a scheduled event?
Pick that answer; the use of "will" is not ungrammatical, but it is not standard, either.

I doubt that you will ever see this issue tested.

Hope that helps.
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17 Apr 2019, 07:52
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generis wrote:
arorni wrote:
Manat wrote:
arorni

I don't know if the use of future tense is correct but there are other ways to get to the answer:-

Now Parliamentary debates is plural and need to be followed by begin and not begins,

So eliminate A & C.

Coffee Supplies should be followed by Last
Eliminate B & D.

You are left with E.

Thanks for the reply.Yes, you are right. Although my answer was correct. I just wanted to know, why we have used will here. Is it ok to do that?

arorni , yes, customarily we use simple present to talk about scheduled events.
Using the simple present tense "will begin," though, is not wrong—
and not something I have ever seen tested in an official question.

The show begins at 9 p.m. is the standard construction.
The show will begin at 9 p.m. is neither standard nor wrong.

I would not worry about the issue. Manat , +1 for a good philosophy and for helping.

All: If you can, pick the answer that uses only the present tense to talk about a scheduled event.
On the other hand, if you have one answer that remains after POE
but that uses "will" to talk about a scheduled event?
Pick that answer; the use of "will" is not ungrammatical, but it is not standard, either.

I doubt that you will ever see this issue tested.

Hope that helps.

Even I have not seen the use of future tense for scheduled events, I guess you are right. If there is no other choice left then it's ok to select the one with simple future tense..

Thanks Manat and Edmund Burke for helping me with this...
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