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What does orbit mean? #1 (permalink) Sun May 02, 2010 16:07 pm   What does orbit mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #186 "Verb Tense Practice (3)", question 1

Nine planets ......... around the sun in our solar system.

(a) orbit
(b) is orbiting
(c) orbiting
(d) orbits

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #186 "Verb Tense Practice (3)", answer 1

Nine planets orbit around the sun in our solar system.

Correct answer: (a) orbit

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Nine planets orbits around the sun in our solar system.
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I thought `orbit` was a countable noun. Doesn`t every planet have its` own orbit? Thanks Natig
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What does orbit mean? #2 (permalink) Sun May 02, 2010 17:14 pm   What does orbit mean?
 

Hi Natig,

'Orbit' can be both noun and verb. In this sentence it is used as a verb and as the subject 'nine planets' is plural, the verb must be 'orbit' (third person plural of the Present Simple).

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What does orbit mean? #3 (permalink) Mon Sep 10, 2012 13:07 pm   What does orbit mean?
 

Why Orbiting is not allowed in this sentence?
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What does orbit mean? #4 (permalink) Mon Sep 10, 2012 22:30 pm   What does orbit mean?
 

The only scenario where that would make sense would be in describing what is happening in a video, on a picture or on a model, where it is a statement of what people can see.
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