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I have to choose the correct alternative.

In 1911 the small, peaceful village of Hollywood (1) has voted / voted to become part of Los Angeles, because it (2) had / was having problems with its water supply. Today, nearly a hundred years (3) ago / later, this same village (4) grows / has grown into the home of one of the most glamorous industries in the world - the American film industry.
With this growth (5) came / were coming many other well-known symbols. There is the famous Hollywood sign which (6) is standing / stands above the hills of the town. The original sign was built in 1923, but the present one (7) has only been / is only there (8) in / since 1978. Then there is the Grauman's Chinese Theater, where great actors and actresses (9) are leaving / leave their hand and footprints. Norma Talmadge (10) has been / was the first actress to do this in 1927. But most famous of all are the Academy Awards, better known as the 'Oscars'. In March every year, actors and actresses still (11) are waiting / wait nervously to find out if they have won - although director Woody Allen (12) has once missed / once missed the ceremony because he (13) played / was playing the clarinet in his favourite jazz club!
Nowadays it (14) becomes / is becoming more and more common for films to be made away from Hollywood, but it remains the home of film, and thousands of hopeful young actors (15) still come / have still come to 'The Dream Factory' every year. But not all Hollywood dreams (16) have been / were happy ones - as one actress who later (17) died / has died tragically, said: 'Hollywood is a place where they'll pay $500 for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul.'
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Well done 100% correct.

The answer to 9) is leave
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Hi,
I think they are alright.
#9 is "leave" I think, you forgot to highlight your choice.
Wait for some native's advice, though. Emotion: smile

EDITED: There, I told ya, Nona was answering at the same time Emotion: stick out tongue
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Thank you, Nona.

I have some questions though. For No.6, why does it have to be 'stands' and not 'is standing'. My argument is that since that Hollywood sign has been there for a long time and still it is there, it is better to use 'stands'. What is your explanation? Help.

There is the famous Hollywood sign (6) is standing / stands above the hills of the town.

For No. 16, as noted in part below, why does it have to be 'have been'? (Mind that I might not have quoted 100 % correctly.) Is that because it has established some relevance by the existence of a following unfortunate happening which was noted in the writing as the death of an actress who died later?

... But not all Hollywood dreams (16) have been / were happy ones - as one actress who later died / has died tragically, ...
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Hi Believer

You directed your questions at Nona but I assume she is still asleep.Emotion: smile I'll take the liberty to answer your questions:

No. 6: The famous Hollywood sign is unable to control itself. In other words, it cannot decide to discontinue "standing" above the hills of the town even though the verb stand has been used in the sentence. That is why the continuous tense is not a good choice here.

No. 16: Hopeful actors and actresses still come to The Dream Factory every year; in other words, dreaming still goes on. It has not stopped. That is the reason were is not a good choice here. If something is totally in the past, the past tense is normally a good idea. If Hollywood no longer existed, no one could dream about a career in Hollywood and the past tense would be appropriate.

Cheers
CB

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In 1911 the small, peaceful village of Hollywood (1) voted to become part of Los Angeles, because it (2 was having problems with its water supply. Today, nearly a hundred years (3) later, this same village (4) has grown into the home of one of the most glamorous industries in the world - the American film industry.
With this growth (5) came many other well-known symbols. There is the famous Hollywood sign which (6) stands above the hills of the town. The original sign was built in 1923, but the present one (7) has only been (8) since 1978. Then there is the Grauman's Chinese Theater, where great actors and actresses (9) leave their hand and footprints. Norma Talmadge (10) was the first actress to do this in 1927. But most famous of all are the Academy Awards, better known as the 'Oscars'. In March every year, actors and actresses still (11) wait nervously to find out if they have won - although director Woody Allen (12) has once missed the ceremony because he (13) was playing the clarinet in his favourite jazz club!
Nowadays it (14) is becoming more and more common for films to be made away from Hollywood, but it remains the home of film, and thousands of hopeful young actors (15) still come to 'The Dream Factory' every year. But not all Hollywood dreams (16) were happy ones - as one actress who later (17) died tragically, said: 'Hollywood is a place where they'll pay $500 for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul.'

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