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gift vs. given #1 (permalink) Wed Dec 30, 2009 22:47 pm   gift vs. given
 

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ESL/EFL Test #24 "What now?", question 5

The strange thing was that she never actually used her ......... to benefit herself.

(a) giving
(b) gift
(c) gave
(d) given

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #24 "What now?", answer 5

The strange thing was that she never actually used her gift to benefit herself.

Correct answer: (b) gift

Your answer was: incorrect
The strange thing was that she never actually used her given to benefit herself.
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Why doesn't 'given' fit here?

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gift vs. given #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 30, 2009 22:52 pm   gift vs. given
 

Because you need an object here. The object is the noun 'gift'. Maybe if you translate this sentence into your native language you will understand why the past participle 'given' doesn't work here.

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