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i'm stuck with this exercise:
Choose the correct form of the verb "do":
He studies as a parrot (do)
In my opinion, I choose "does".But my friend is sure that "did" is the correct answer. His reason is that the parrot can't study so we must use a past participle here.
I'm now confuse. Which one is correct? please help!
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Hello darkmaster

If your choice is between 'does' and 'did', choose 'does'.

But if 'would do' is among your options, that would be better.

It is a very peculiar sentence, though. Do you mind if I ask which book it comes from?

MrP
Thanks,MrPedantic. I got it from a teacher. I don't know where it was taken.
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. . . he teaches as a parrot does?
I was simply referring to the choice of example...Emotion: smile
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i'm stuck with this exercise:
Choose the correct form of the verb "do":
He studies as a parrot (do)
In my opinion, I choose "does".But my friend is sure that "did" is the correct answer. His reason is that the parrot can't study so we must use a past participle here.
I'm now confuse. Which one is correct? please help!

JTT: is almost certainly not possible. This COULD refer to someone studying something exactly like a parrot, cocking one's head back and forth, looking at the underside, well everyone knows how a parrot studies something.
He studies as a parrot does.

The closest google I can find is this:

'Malaysian students should learn not to study like a parrot.'

Which is remarkably good advice, since (as your friend says) parrots don't study at all.

On the other hand, as JTT suggests, parrots study objects quite thoroughly; so that might be an admirable quality, in a student. (Or detective.)

'To repeat something parrot-fashion' is the nearest English idiom, I suspect.

MrP

Context context context and then context context context, eh Mr P?
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