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What is the correct verb form?

 
 
Reply Wed 12 Jun, 2019 04:40 am
Hey. Should I use "are to be", "supposed to be" or "should be" or something else? Please correct me if anything else is wrong...

Would you say:

"According to the Environment Agency, about 20 percent of the 5 million tons of plastic produced by private and commercial consumers are to be recycled."

or

"According to the Environment Agency, about 20 percent of the 5 million tons of plastic produced by private and commercial consumers should be recycled."
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jun, 2019 05:36 am
@LiniBiniSchini,
They have to different meanings.

The first sentence suggests a plan.

The second sentence suggests a wish.
LiniBiniSchini
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jun, 2019 06:10 am
@maxdancona,
thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What about these sentences: should I use present progressive or simple present?

- According to the Agency, around 20 percent of the 5 million tons of plastic produced by private and commercial consumers every year are being recycled.

- According to the Agency, around 20 percent of the 5 million tons of plastic produced by private and commercial consumers every year are recycled.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jun, 2019 06:59 am
@LiniBiniSchini,
Both tenses are gramatically correct.

You should use "is" instead of "are".

20% of the plastic is being recycled.
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Jewels Vern
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jun, 2019 01:48 am
@LiniBiniSchini,
A government agency would report that some number "has been recycled," or "is being recycled". A person reporting his own opinion of performance might say "supposed to be" or "should be".
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