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English Grammar .Before the film begins all the tickets ............ collected. a) had been b) will have been c) are being d) were being b) is the correct answer. Bear in mind that the situation/circumstances are important. Under what circumstances is c) possible? Explain.
Sep 16, 2018 4:26 PM
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That’s a really interesting and difficult question. I don’t have a comprehensive answer, but one situation in which (c) is acceptable is in describing the action in a book, movie, or play. Such descriptions are usually given in the present tense. For example: “Before the final battle scene in the movie begins, the soldiers are being instructed by their commander about the battle plan.”
September 16, 2018
"will have been collected" gives the idea that this action will be completed before a specific point in the future (i.e. the start of the film). It is not necessarily being done right now. "are being collected" emphasises that the action is happening at the moment of speaking.
September 16, 2018
Ksenia
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