This is a B2 question taken from an old English test paper. The student has an original sentence and is given a new word which they must use to create a new sentence–using between two and five words–without changing the meaning of the original.
There's no chance of Jenny getting here on time
It won't be _______________ here on time.
A private student of mine who's Italian, wrote
It won't be POSSIBLE for Jenny to come here on time.
My book says the solution above earns the candidate one point, in order to earn two full points the correct answer must be:
It won't be | possible for | Jenny to GET/ARRIVE/REACH here on time.
I'm not disputing that the book's solutions are correct, I disagree that "come" isn't included among the options.
With the preposition "to", come and get both work
- I COME to work on time. (YES)
I GET to work on time. (YES)
I ARRIVE / REACH to work on time. (NO)
The verb arrive can be used in conjunction with the preposition "at":
- I ARRIVED at the airport on time (Yes)
I CAME / GOT / REACHED at the airport on time (NO)
When there is no preposition, all of the verbs below are acceptable.
- I usually COME home on time. (YES)
I usually GET/ARRIVE/REACH home on time. (YES)
Why does Cambridge, the ESOL examining centre, consider "come here on time" incorrect in this instance? Does the meaning change?