Oil palm plantation becomes the most focusing study in recent year.

the most focusing study or the most focused study?

  • "A plantation" cannot become "a study". It's unclear what you are trying to say in the sentence. – CowperKettle Nov 30 '15 at 13:42
  • @CopperKettle: it is an observation; a part of a research – embio Nov 30 '15 at 13:52
  • Is it a particular plantation, or is it "Oil palm plantations have become subjects of most intense scientific scrutiny over the recent year"? – CowperKettle Nov 30 '15 at 13:57
  • @CopperKettle: A particular plantation VS Oil palm plantations; Does that make any difference in using the superlative form of "the most focused" or "the most focusing" problem? – embio Nov 30 '15 at 14:16
  • I'm not sure. I was just trying to get information on what you are trying to express with the sentence. "Over the last 12 months, or during this calendar year, scientists have been focusing a lot of attention on oil palm plantations"? – CowperKettle Nov 30 '15 at 14:20

Well first I do agree with 'CopperKettle' that an oil plantation can not be a study, but, it can be studied. Now for my real answer.

You would say focused because it's past tense.

Oil plantation becomes the most focused study in recent year.

the "recent year" is in the past, therefore you would use the past tense there.

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  • Honestly, the sentence still doesn't make any sense. Also, I think it should be "...in recent years." – mkennedy Nov 30 '15 at 21:46
  • Yes there are some other english errors in the sentence but I wasn't asked to answer those I only answer the question asked, and the rest doesn't matter – Sam Harrington Dec 3 '15 at 16:43
  • Also it does make sense that there should be a past tense word there so I don't see why that answer does not make sense to you. – Sam Harrington Dec 3 '15 at 16:46
  • The rest matters because an odd-sounding sentence is still an odd-sounding sentence and could get flagged by an editor/colleague. As a native AmEnglish speaker I would interpret and rewrite this sentence as "oil plantations have become the focus of study in the past years." That's not what the OP implied in comments. – mkennedy Dec 3 '15 at 16:53
  • I completely agree but he didn't ask about that. though that would be much better. – Sam Harrington Dec 3 '15 at 17:13

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