Choose the best word/phrase to complete the sentence. It’s no use _________ to him. He doesn’t listen. A) to speak B) spoke C) speaking D) spoken
Hint: A sequence of two or more words that make up a grammatical construction is known as a phrase, usually lacking a finite verb and hence not a complete clause or sentence: shady lane (a noun phrase); at the bottom (a prepositional phrase); very slowly (an adverbial phrase).
Complete step by step answer: Analyze all the option to be able to choose the correct word/phrase to complete the sentence, To speak: You use so to speak to draw attention to the fact that you are describing or referring to something in a way that may be amusing or unusual rather than completely accurate. So, the correct answer is “Option A”.
Spoke is the past tense of speak. As the sentence provided is in the present tense, therefore this option is incorrect.
‘Speaking’ is the present continuous form of speak and the sentence here is in the simple present tense. Thus this option is incorrect.
‘Spoken’ is the past participle of speak and is used in sentences describing events that occurred in the past. Thus, this option is incorrect.
Hence the complete sentence is, It’s no use to speak to him. He doesn’t listen.
Note: To speak often implies conveying information and may apply to anything from an informal remark to a scholarly presentation to a formal address: “to speak sharply”; “to speak before Congress.”