a. Which words in the text are used as synonyms for ‘monolith’? (For example, the structure)
- the structure
- the piece
- it (in “its sudden disappearance”)
- the object itself
- the metal sculpture
b. Apart from past simple, which other tenses are used in the story, and why?
- present perfect passive (may have been solved): recent and relevant to now.
- past continuous passive (it was rumoured): a temporary situation in the past.
- past perfect (he had been concerned): he was talking in the past about something that happened earlier.
- You could also say present perfect (claimed to have saved) but this is part of the clause starting ‘claimed to’.
- present simple passive (it is understood): this is still understood.
- present perfect (have donated): relevant to now, because the monolith is now with the Bureau of Land Management.
- present simple (helps to address): this sentence refers to the information contained in the present text.
c. How many verbs in the text are reporting what someone said or thought? (For example, explained).
- it was rumoured
- issued a denial
- it is understood