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has been developed vs. has been developing #1 (permalink) Thu Sep 16, 2010 15:13 pm   has been developed vs. has been developing
 

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ESL/EFL Test #883 "The History of Coffee", question 10

Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries; the flavor varies because of the particular soil characteristics. From Hawaii's rich volcanic soil, Mexico's mountainous region, Puerto Rico's acidic soil, or the slightly sweet soil of Columbia, a coffee has been ......... to suit everyone's taste.

(a) developing
(b) develops
(c) developer
(d) developed

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #883 "The History of Coffee", answer 10

Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries; the flavor varies because of the particular soil characteristics. From Hawaii's rich volcanic soil, Mexico's mountainous region, Puerto Rico's acidic soil, or the slightly sweet soil of Columbia, a coffee has been developed to suit everyone's taste.

Correct answer: (d) developed

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Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries; the flavor varies because of the particular soil characteristics. From Hawaii's rich volcanic soil, Mexico's mountainous region, Puerto Rico's acidic soil, or the slightly sweet soil of Columbia, a coffee has been developing to suit everyone's taste.
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Please could you explain to me why developing is incorrect.
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has been developed vs. has been developing #2 (permalink) Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:48 am   has been developed vs. has been developing
 

Coffee does not develop itself; people must develop it. Therefore, coffee cannot 'be developing'; it is either 'being developed' or in this case it 'has been developed' (passive voice).
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has been developed vs. has been developing #3 (permalink) Fri Sep 17, 2010 15:17 pm   has been developed vs. has been developing
 

Mister Micawber wrote:
Coffee does not develop itself; people must develop it. Therefore, coffee cannot 'be developing'; it is either 'being developed' or in this case it 'has been developed' (passive voice).

Thank your for your prompt response.

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has been developed vs. has been developing #4 (permalink) Mon May 07, 2012 15:10 pm   has been developed vs. has been developing
 

Where exactly is "Columbia" located?
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has been developed vs. has been developing #5 (permalink) Mon May 07, 2012 15:52 pm   has been developed vs. has been developing
 

Have you tried a map, Joao, or is this your way of pointing out that the spelling in this case should probably be 'Colombia' (the South American state) rather than 'Columbia' (in North America)?
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