嘉琪 asked in 社會與文化語言 · 8 years ago

中級英文文法問題

請教一下

We rented out the upper floor to outpatients over the years, so I had become accustomed to people with varied ailments ____ on our doorstep

a. appearing

b. appeared

c. to appear

請問哪個是正確的呢???

能說明為什麼嗎???

為何不能選b, c呢???

祝大家新年快樂 ^^

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  • 8 years ago
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    The three forms of "appear" give 3 different kind of voices in English:

    "appearing" is for active voice (主動)

    "appeared" is for passive voice (被動)

    "to appear" is for action that is about to happen, but not yet.(將要)

    With the above said, you shall choose "appearing", because these people arrive at the doorstep On THEIR OWN, not being brought to or already happening.

    2013-02-08 11:08:54 補充:

    "already happening" shall be reworded as "about to happen"!

    2013-02-08 11:31:32 補充:

    "not being brought to" or "about to happen" refers to "appeared" or "to appear".

    2013-02-08 23:13:44 補充:

    master Louis! Thank you for your approval!

    2013-02-08 23:15:49 補充:

    嘉琪 !

    Certainly! You might ask why in your sentence, you use "appeared" is correct. The reason is "appeared" is NOT in a passive voice, but in a past tense (still active voice).

    2013-02-08 23:18:06 補充:

    The entire sentence is in past tense, therefore, when you rewrite "appearing on our doorstep", you shall also use past tense to make tense consistent. After all, it describes a situation within the same period of time.

    2013-02-08 23:20:04 補充:

    Your question is excellent! It shows that your using and understanding English is flexible, not restricted by grammar rules. As you progress in learning English, you will find that there are many ways to say the same thing. Have fun!

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  • 8 years ago

    請問DSG大師

    可否寫成以下這樣

    We rented out the upper floor to outpatients over the years, so I had become accustomed to people with varied ailments who appeared on our doorstep

  • Louis
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    本人認同DaSaGwa大師的解釋。

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