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A. Complete the sentences using a positive or negative form of will, would, shall, should and the correct form of the verb in brackets. Sometimes more than one answer is possible.

  • I find it astonishing that the old theater______ (demolish). It was such a beautiful building!

I have tried the below answers: will be demolished

reason: will is used to indicate I believe something is true. And because demolish act on the old theater so I used passive.

B. Complete the sentences using a verb from the list and will, would, shall, or should.

[list:] walk

  • Thanks for the offer of a lift, but to be honest, I ___ sooner ____.

I have tried the below answers: would...walk

reason: would sooner is used to express future preference. So the sentence means: I prefer to walk than accept your offer.

Above questions are from English File 4th edition Advanced Plus Student’s Book eBook. When I test my answers, the book says it is wrong.

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  • Welcome! Thanks for telling which responses you've already considered. To get better answers, can you edit the question to also say why you're concerned about the choices you considered? I should say, the first sentence seems like it could have many right answers, as the instructions suggest. Dec 20, 2021 at 17:31
  • You say "I've tried the below answers". And your answers look plausible to me. Are you saying that your teacher (or textbook, or app) tells you that "will demolish" and "would sooner walk" are incorrect?
    – James K
    Dec 20, 2021 at 17:39
  • will be demolished is right.
    – Lambie
    Dec 20, 2021 at 17:48

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I'm not sure in what way you "test" your answer with an ebook, but if it accepts or gives only one right answer for a question that might have more than one right answer, then maybe the given answer is only one example of several possible ones.

  • I find it astonishing that the old theater will be demolished! —This is perfectly valid. In this sentence the speaker has learned that there are real plans to demolish it in the future.
  • I find it astonishing that the old theater would be demolished! —This is also valid. In this sentence, the plans to demolish the theater might be really planned, or might just be being discussed and imagined. Since we are given only this one sentence, there's no context to say whether "will" or "would" is the better choice.
  • shall, should: These are also valid choices, but shall is rather archaic and unusual in modern use. It works as an old-fashioned version of will. Similarly, in this context at least, should works the same as would, and is not archaic, but a bit more formal.

  • Thanks for the offer of a lift, but to be honest, I would sooner walk. This is valid and makes sense. None of the other choices fit. Why? This sentence talks about your preference, something you would like to do, and uses hypothetical language. In this context, sooner doesn't mean "more soon," but means "prefer to." You could use other words, but you would have to change other parts of the phrase:
  • Thanks for the offer of a lift, but I will walk. This is certain.You couldn't use will in the example with sooner. Since will won't work, neither will its equivalent shall.
  • should: Here substituting should for would makes the sentence sound even more archaic than in the first version. "I should sooner walk" is valid but outdated.
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  • For A, I figured out the right answer is: I find it astonishing that the old theater should have been demolished. It was such a beautiful building! You are right. will / would be demolished is valid. But you say there's no context, I don't agree with you. Because there is another sentence there: It was such a beautiful building! It use past tense, so it means the old theater doesn't exist anymore. Therefore, it should / will have been demolished, but not will / would been demolished. For B, I agree with you. Thanks for the offer of a lift, but to be honest, I would sooner walk.
    – Lee Li
    Dec 21, 2021 at 19:09
  • If you can justify should / will have been demolished isn't better than your answer, I will accept your answer as the answer.
    – Lee Li
    Dec 21, 2021 at 19:12

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