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made up of salt water #1 (permalink) Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:53 am   made up of salt water
 

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ESL/EFL Test #185 "Verb Tense Practice (2)", question 10

The ocean ......... made up of salt water.

(a) is being
(b) are
(c) being
(d) is

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #185 "Verb Tense Practice (2)", answer 10

The ocean is made up of salt water.

Correct answer: (d) is

Your answer was: incorrect
The ocean is being made up of salt water.
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why does the addition of being wrong?

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made up of salt water #2 (permalink) Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:01 am   made up of salt water
 

Because only the simple present tense is needed here, not the present continuous tense.

The infinitive form is 'to be made':

The auxiliary verb is 'to be'.
The primary verb is 'make'.

present simple: It is made
present continuous: It is being made
present perfect: It has been made
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made up of salt water #3 (permalink) Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:44 am   made up of salt water
 

Hi English Learner,

'It is being made' is the passive form in the present continuous tense. It means that something is in the process of being made. We could say: A cake is being made by the cook. In the active form this would be: The cook is making the cake. In the test sentence: The ocean is made up of salt water, we are not talking about a process but of a fact/a statement that is true all the time. In that case we need the present simple - 'is made'.

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made up of salt water #4 (permalink) Fri Jan 14, 2011 17:23 pm   made up of salt water
 

Alan wrote:
but of a fact/a statement that is true all the time. In that case we need the present simple - 'is made'.

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made up of salt water #5 (permalink) Thu Nov 14, 2013 16:08 pm   made up of salt water
 

Thanks for the explanation.
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