How to response Q&A

Question sentence :
Have they finished painting the office yet?

1. Yes, they finished yesterday.
2. No, he's still painting the walls.
3. No, we've just started

Which one is correct and how to modify other incorrect answer to correct sentence this question is from TOEIC test PS:http://www.english-test.net/toeic/listening/have_they_finished_painting_the_office_yet.html



1 Answer 1


All three TENSES are correct.

In (1), it was a good choice to use "finished" with an -ed, because the action is over and done with.

In (2), you followed the present progressive form perfectly: a present conjugation of to be that matches the subject paired with a present participle (i.e., an -ing word).

In (3), the use of have was smart since the effects of having just started will continue into the future.

Since they question was about if "they" have finished, I would change the "he" in (2) and the "we" in (3) to "they," just to be consistent.

Great job, and best of luck to you! —C.T.

  • Hi thank for your answer but unfortunately this question is from TOEIC test , so that do you have any idea ,(answer is A)
    – willie
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 6:20
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    @willie Then yes, the answer is A, because it is the only one that uses "they" like the questions does. Thank you for responding! Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 6:21
  • you mean , when i change "They" for B and C ,it will be correct ????
    – willie
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 6:24
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    You got it @willie!! Although for (2) you will need to say "they are" instead of "they is" Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 6:27

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