This year’s International Petroleum Conference took place last week.
Russia Today were there:
As the oil industry’s annual conference takes place in London predicting the price of oil remains a difficult task. Crude prices hit a twelve year low they stabilized on Wednesday but the market is still very much volatile — prices strengthened after Iran said that it was ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in the global oil markets.
Let’s use similar language but change the context:
1. As the movie industry’s annual awards show takes place in Hollywood tonight, predicting movie attendance remains a difficult task.
There are three ‘doing’ words in this sentence:
1. takes place in Hollywood
2. predicting movie attendance
3. remains a difficult task
As W takes place in X predicting Y remains a Z.
2. After share prices remained unchanged for a third month running, they did start to move on Thursday but the outlook remains very stable.
3. Prices fell after Iran made it clear it won’t co-operate with Saudi Arabia in the global oil markets.