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As a sightseeing suggestion to my out-of-town friend, I want to say there's an exhibition he might be interested in checking out.

Option 1 below sounds too formal to me, so I'd like to know if Options 2 to 4 are grammatically OK.

  1. A kimono exhibition is held at MoMA.
  2. MoMA is having a kimono exhibition.
  3. They are having a kimono exhibition at MoMA.
  4. There is a kimono exhibition at MoMA.

Thank you in advance for your input.

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    at first glance 2 - 4 look fine. I actually think 1 should be rephrased as 'A kimono exhibition is being held at MoMA' but I don't like it. Maybe 'MoMA are holding a kimono exhibition' sounds better. – Smock Mar 11 at 11:26
  • Maybe the Tate Modern (in London) are holding such an exhibition, but MOMA in New York is holding it. – remarkl Mar 11 at 12:03
  • Thank you for your comment, @Smock. I see why you think Option 1 needs to be in the progressive form ("A kimono exhibition is being held at MoMA"). You don't like it because it sounds formal (to the point of being awkward), right? And "MoMA IS holding..." is incorrect? How about "The museum IS holding..."? Should it be "The museum are holding..."? – Richard Mar 11 at 15:46
  • Thanks @remarki . I'm having trouble understanding the difference. Why the Tate Modern is plural and MoMA is singular? I'd appreciate any elaboration. – Richard Mar 11 at 15:48
  • ah yes, maybe it should be 'is' I am unsure. The reason I didn't like 'A kimono exhibition is being held at MoMA' was more to do with being 'held' could also be interpreted as 'currently located at' but that would really apply to a specific exhibition or collection that was on tour perhaps (like a travelling show). I'm completely unsure now - perhaps an answer will appear that will better define it. – Smock Mar 11 at 15:58

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