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What has kept them vs. what has held them



 
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What has kept them vs. what has held them #1 (permalink) Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:41 am   What has kept them vs. what has held them
 

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ESL/EFL Test #210 "What Comes Next? (4)", question 8

They should have arrived by now. I wonder ..........

(a) what has kept them
(b) what has held them
(c) what has got them
(d) what has done them

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #210 "What Comes Next? (4)", answer 8

They should have arrived by now. I wonder what has kept them.

Correct answer: (a) what has kept them

Your answer was: incorrect
They should have arrived by now. I wonder what has held them.
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why not what was held them?

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What has kept them vs. what has held them #2 (permalink) Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:09 am   What has kept them vs. what has held them
 

Hi,

'Kept' is the only possibility here as it means 'delayed'. If you wanted to use 'held' you would have to say: 'held them up'.

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What has kept them vs. what has held them #3 (permalink) Sat May 07, 2011 19:19 pm   What has kept them vs. what has held them
 

please excuse me for asking.
why are yo using there has not have in the sentence ( what has kept them )
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