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"What is the most beneficial things for people in 21st century ?" If I were asked this quesion,computer is the first thing that pop up in my mind.

The upper sentence is the starting of my essay. Is there something wrong? especially for the usage of "pop up in my mind"
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"What is the most beneficial things for people in the 21st century ?" If I was (*1) asked this question, computer
(*2) is the first thing that pops up in my mind.

*1. It is likely that you might be asked this question in the future. And I suppose that your essay question asks you the question. So it should be "was" instead of "were."

*2. I think that "the popularity of computer" would be a better wording.
exodejavu1. It is likely that you might be asked this question in the future. And I suppose that your essay question asks you the question. So it should be "was" instead of "were."
"were" is correct. It is the subjunctive mood, and translates:

If I were asked this question (but no one is actually asking me now), the computer is the first thing that pops up in my mind.
The computer is a very beneficial thing, indeed. (And that is maybe the reason for its popularity)
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Much obliged!
exodejavu"What is the most beneficial things for people in the 21st century ?" If I was (*1) asked this question, computer (*2) is the first thing that pops up in my mind
Shouldn't it be 'What isEmotion: thinking AREthe most beneficial things for people in the 21st century?' ?

IMO, if you drop 'the', 'are' is possible, right?
"What are most beneficial things for people in the 21st century ?"
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LiveinjapanIMO, if you drop 'the', 'are' is possible, right?

"What are most beneficial things for people in the 21st century ?"

No, 'the' is needed.

He is the cleverest boy.

She is the prettiest girl.

This is the most expensive watch.

These are the most expensive diamonds.

I was taught that it should be 'What are the most beneficial things for people in the 21st century?'



Thanks, YL.
I agree!!
hellohello"What is the most beneficial things for people in 21st century ?" If I were asked this quesion,computer is the first thing that pop up in my mind. The upper sentence is the starting of my essay. Is there something wrong? especially for the usage of "pop up in my mind"
What is the most beneficial thing for people in 21st century.
If i were asked this question, Computer would be the first thing that would pop up in my mind.
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