This is a test question. I think it should be:
Dinner was cooking when I arrived at Jane’s.
I have no answer key and I’ve checked several references. “The” is used when we are talking about something particular the speaker recognizes. So I’m not sure why it’s wrong, can some one help me with the reason…please…
Or am I wrong and “The” can be used this way??
Thanks in advance for your assistance as always I am deeply grateful to have access to such wells of knowledge:)
Alternatively if you don’t like words like ‘ergative’ to describe verbs, you can also describe them as able to take an object or not according to their function/meaning in a sentence. You can therefore say: Charlie has grown six inches (become taller by six inches) since I last saw him (no object). You can also say: Charlie has grown all his own vegetables (cultivated them) since I last saw him(object).
Interesting Alan, very informative conversation everyone I will definitely read the link. What I gave you is all I had to go on. I’m trying to prepare an esl test and that was one of the test questions in the quiz which i downloaded. It is a quandry to say the least. I edited the question to say what is wrong here.
“The lamb was cooking when we arrived.”
I don’t know if this is better or suffers from the same problem? What an enigmatic statement, i am finding. Best, Belles