Choice of the appropriate modal

"Fill in the blank with the appropriate modal in the following sentence" is one of the questions in an English test at a Japenese high school.

In the first years of his premiership, back in the 1960s, increasing business efficiency by installing air-conditioners in government buildings (     ) be the top priority.

What would be the correct answer?

 

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fujibei posted:

"Fill in the blank with the appropriate modal in the following sentence" is one of the questions in an English test at a Japenese high school.

In the first years of his premiership, back in the 1960s, increasing business efficiency by installing air-conditioners in government buildings (     ) be the top priority.

What would be the correct answer?

Hi, Fujibei,

What does "his premiership" refer to? The sentence clearly has some kind of context, and you haven't provided it.

The only modal that might make sense there is "had to." I suggest it tentatively, stressing that you haven't provided us with enough information:

"In the first years of his premiership, back in the 1960s, increasing business efficiency by installing air-conditioners in government buildings had to be the top priority."

 

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