They are going to stand the test of time.

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Tenacious Learner

Senior Member
Spanish
Hi teachers,
Sentence:
Tom thinks that some of the newer songs are going to stand the test of time.

I wonder if both question are natural according to the same answer.
a) What does Tom think about the newer songs?
b) According to Tom, what is going to happen to the newer songs?
They are going to stand the test of time.

TL
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Either question should elicit meaningful answers, TL. As you probably already know, "b" offers a stronger hint about what sort of answer the students should provide.
     

    Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    I think you could use both questions, but I have a slight preference for the first one.
    Note, however, that the answer is not "They are going to stand the test of time."
    The answer is: "Some of them are going to stand the test of time."
     

    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    I think you could use both questions, but I have a slight preference for the first one.
    Note, however, that the answer is not "They are going to stand the test of time."
    The answer is: "Some of them are going to stand the test of time."
    Thanks for your comments and for the correction, LH. I wrote the sentence myself, and the mistake as well. Must be because I've just woken up, I think. :D

    TL
     
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