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Two years ago China joined the World Trade Organization and tariffs began to drop and the country began to grow richer. (23) ---- Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games, the people of the world (24) ---- a city and a country that has been transformed. China is now (25) ---- the largest economies in the world and it is becoming a (26) ----

trading partner (27) ---- the US.

23.

A) Until B) When C) Unless D) As if E) Once

24.

A) would find B) has found C) will find D) is finding E) finds

According to the key, B is the answer in question 23. But isn't "ONCE" equally correct?



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First of all, I didn't say that Games will transform China. I used "they". I think it refers to the authorities or the people who will accomplish it.

This is what you said:

"If you use "When", does the sentence mean that China wouldn't be transformed and that nothing would be done to transform her if she didn't host the 2008 Olympic Games? And if it so, is it the way things happen actually in the real world as far as Olympic Games are concerned?"

I wasn't aware that this question had already been addressed. I've read the earlier posts now. Paco and I seem to have said the same thing, except he said it much better:

"I feel this question is tricky. To me it looks like a question of logic, not of grammar. "Once..." is an adverbial clause indicating an unspecific time when some event happens. So, when a speaker say "once ...", he/she does not know exactly when the event happens.
"Once you've done your homework (I don't know when it is exactly), we'll discuss your pocket money".

"But in the case of Beijing Olympiade, it is well known that the Olympiade is held in the August of 2008. So "When Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games" is rephrased as "During the time in which Beijing hosts the Olympic Games". It cannot be rephrased as "If/Once Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games"."

Ikia
Ikia"I feel this question is tricky. To me it looks like a question of logic, not of grammar. "Once..." is an adverbial clause indicating an unspecific time when some event happens. So, when a speaker say "once ...", he/she does not know exactly when the event happens.
"Once you've done your homework (I don't know when it is exactly), we'll discuss your pocket money".

"But in the case of Beijing Olympiade, it is well known that the Olympiade is held in the August of 2008. So "When Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games" is rephrased as "During the time in which Beijing hosts the Olympic Games". It cannot be rephrased as "If/Once Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games"."

Ikia

To begin with, let me ask you whether you are a native or not?

What you wrote makes sense if the proposition in bold is correct. But If it isn't certain whether Beijing will host the 2008 Olympic Games, can if and once be used?
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IkiaFirst of all, I didn't say that Games will transform China. I used "they". I think it refers to the authorities or the people who will accomplish it.

This is what you said:

"If you use "When", does the sentence mean that China wouldn't be transformed and that nothing would be done to transform her if she didn't host the 2008 Olympic Games? And if it so, is it the way things happen actually in the real world as far as Olympic Games are concerned?"

I wasn't aware that this question had already been addressed. I've read the earlier posts now. Paco and I seem to have said the same thing, except he said it much better:

"I feel this question is tricky. To me it looks like a question of logic, not of grammar. "Once..." is an adverbial clause indicating an unspecific time when some event happens. So, when a speaker say "once ...", he/she does not know exactly when the event happens.
"Once you've done your homework (I don't know when it is exactly), we'll discuss your pocket money".

"But in the case of Beijing Olympiade, it is well known that the Olympiade is held in the August of 2008. So "When Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games" is rephrased as "During the time in which Beijing hosts the Olympic Games". It cannot be rephrased as "If/Once Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games"."

Ikia

Ikia
"I feel this question is tricky. To me it looks like a question of logic, not of grammar. "Once..." is an adverbial clause indicating an unspecific time when some event happens. So, when a speaker say "once ...", he/she does not know exactly when the event happens.
"Once you've done your homework (I don't know when it is exactly), we'll discuss your pocket money".

"But in the case of Beijing Olympiade, it is well known that the Olympiade is held in the August of 2008. So "When Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games" is rephrased as "During the time in which Beijing hosts the Olympic Games". It cannot be rephrased as "If/Once Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games"."

Ikia

What about these sentences then?

Once the 2008 nomination fight begins, we'll go back to our quadrennial foodfight (luckily, so will the Republicans).

http://66.249.93.104/search?q=cache:6zd_4kuL_hIJ:ezraklein.typepad.com/blog/2005/03/the_answer.html+%22once+the+2008%22&hl=tr

http://ezraklein.typepad.com/blog/2005/03/the_answer.html

Once the 2008 city vote is out of the way, the 122 delegates will turn their attention to another contest, one that for most is much more personal and might be tougher to decide.

7th paragraph.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/news/2001/07/09/ioc_meetings /

MrPedantic
Interesting. It may only be a BrE preference; but I find the present perfect more natural with "once", in this context: "Once Beijing has hosted...", etc.

MrP

Google gives 1.170 results for "when the 2010" and 74 for "once the 2010". One of them is:

Once the 2010 Commission prepares and publishes its final report, it will be

a time for the University to renew its strategic planning and implementation—

evaluation and modification of plans and actions—all based on results.

http://66.249.93.104/search?q=cache:gSzShlQzmK0J:libinfo.uark.edu/ata/cumulation/content.pdf+%22once+the+2010%22&hl=tr

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