Missing or unnecessary “be”.

Missing “be”

 

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1.

But when land reclamation _ no longer an option, the main development is shifting to other islands that _ still available for development.

But when land reclamation is no longer an option, the main development is shifting to other islands that are still available for development.

2.

Recently, the Hong Kong government has implemented a scheme called The Harbour Area
Treatment Scheme (HATS), its aim to collect and treat sewage on both sides of Victoria Harbour.

Recently, the Hong Kong government has implemented a scheme called The Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS), its aim is to collect and treat sewage on both
sides of Victoria Harbour.

 

Unnecessary “be”

In example 3, the verb “is” is unnecessary because “make” should be followed by a noun phrase. For example, something, such as “the shifting of the choice […]”, makes something else, such as “the Hong Kong waterfront” uninspiring.
 
In example 4, “aim” is the main verb here and we do not need two verbs (i.e. “is” and “aim”).
 

 

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3.

Although the choice was shifted into some more islands, this makes Hong Kong waterfront is uninspiring and sterile.

Although the choice was shifted into some more islands, this makes Hong Kong waterfront ø uninspiring and sterile.

4.

Singapore’s concept for the future is aims at building “a world-class city by adopting a pro-business approach to planning, and strategizing to further enhance the quality of life for Singaporeans.”

Singapore’s concept for the future ø aims at building “a world-class city by adopting a pro-business approach to planning, and strategizing to further enhance the quality of life for Singaporeans.”

 

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