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My sister had this question on her exam today. Can anyone tell me what's the right answer and why?

My sister had this question on her exam today. Can anyone tell me what's the right answer and why?

Madrigall

This is a surprisingly difficult question. The correct answer is "A. getting on." "You had better go as it is getting on now." To figure out the right answer you have to figure out what 'it' is referring to. In this situation "it" is referring to the day (or night) and 'getting on' is a way of saying that something is getting older. When put together you get this sentence: You'd better leave as the day (or night) is getting older. It's a hard question to answer unless you know that 'getting on' is another (niche) way of saying 'getting older'. So something that you can say is "My grandfather is getting on in years." Though how this came to be, I do not know.


pawkozavr

Thank you for the answer!


vinasu

The answer is a. Technically, all of them are *possible* but there would need to be some very special circumstances for them to make sense. a) "it's getting on now" --it's getting late. You should go because it's getting late. b) "it's breaking up now" --this might make sense if you're on an iceberg or the Titanic, but it's not a normal situation. *You should go because something is breaking apart* is rather dire. c) "it's slipping away now" --very poetic, but I'm having a hard time thinking of a scenario where you could use it. Maybe if your life raft was tethered to a ship and the line was slipping away so you needed to evacuate... In other words, the first on is the only one you'd use in casual conversation.


anjowoq

I would say “breaking up” is their phone connection. Maybe.


pawkozavr

Thank you for the answer!


skeeter04

I can see what the most probable answer is but that's definitely not American English


elementarydrw

It's British English. It's getting on is a relatively common phrase.


learnlenguas

Came here to commiserate with others at the unfairness of British English being used on English exams outside of their island. The majority of English teachers worldwide are not British. We don't know how to prepare students for this.


paul_kiss

Quite an unthoughtful task in here as it's really open to interpretation and all options might be correct depending on the context, even though this sentence is definitely checking a learner's knowledge of the phrasal verb "to get on".


Gambol_25

I don't even understand whats written here


BOSBrownie

u/pawkozavr, is this English homework in Russian?


pawkozavr

It's English exam in Ukrainian


kezi5704

a


tidalbeing

I'm in Alaska. We don't use a. We could conceivably use b You'd better go as it's(the river is) breaking up now. We'd probably leave out "as" Needing to go because the river is breaking up wouldn't happen all that much. If it's breaking up (the ice is breaking and beginning to move) you wouldn't be able to travel by boat or snow machine. But you might want to see the river breaking up.


pawkozavr

Thank you for your answer, but I probably should've added that I'm from Ukraine and we study British English here.


tidalbeing

Regional differences are interesting. It's also interesting to find out what dialect you're learning. In the US we'd probably say, "Gotta go. Gettin late." We of course would never spell it that way.