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Mostly, waves ... by wind blowing over the surface of the sea.

A) are formed ( my answer )

B) formed ( correct according to my book )

Should I burn my book ?

  • Background and context required. What book is this exactly? And is the sentence complete? – Caroffrey Apr 24 at 8:34
  • I assume that the first word is actually "Mostly"? – virolino Apr 24 at 8:47
  • I shortened it by not giving all of options and l just realized miswriting 'ostly' instead of mostly – mustafa atmaca Apr 24 at 8:49
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They are both correct, but "are formed" is much better, for several reasons:

  • wave-forming is a continuous process; "formed" implies that the process already finished;
  • "are formed" is proper passive voice, which is correlated tot he reality; "formed" is a kind of middle-voice reflexive something.

Even the following is better than simply "formed":

Mostly, waves were formed by wind blowing over the surface of the sea.

Bottom line: your choice was the better choice.


Should I burn my book?

Definitely not. That is a useless process, and it only creates pollution. You can save the book and use the pages one by one, on an as-needed basis, to start camp fires - please attend those fires responsibly, you do not want to burn the entire planet.

  • This is just a joke but you are really sensitive to the environment . I appreciate it and thank everbody for help – mustafa atmaca Apr 24 at 9:20
  • Yes, the second part is a joke. I suppose it was a joke also when you asked about burning the book :) – virolino Apr 24 at 9:22

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