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9. At a recent session, the French government has decided that Paris needs a second, larger opera house to complement the famous Paris Opera.
(A) has decided that Paris needs
(B) decided that Paris needs
(C) has decided that Paris will need
(D) decided that Paris has a need of
(E) has decided that Paris needed
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15 Oct 2005, 05:13
Straight B.

A recent session implies the past tense.

Paris lacks, therefore Paris needs...
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16 Oct 2005, 12:16
OA is indeed B.
But my question is in a past tense indirect speech the speech is also changed to the past form, right? then how is B correct?

Correct me if I am wrong.
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16 Oct 2005, 15:35
nakib77 wrote:
OA is indeed B.
But my question is in a past tense indirect speech the speech is also changed to the past form, right? then how is B correct?

Correct me if I am wrong.

(A) has decided that Paris needs
(B) decided that Paris needs
(C) has decided that Paris will need
(D) decided that Paris has a need of
(E) has decided that Paris needed
(F) decided that Paris needed

IMO, without (F), (B) is the best.
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16 Oct 2005, 18:52
B for me too

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16 Oct 2005, 20:00
I will go with F as well..
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16 Oct 2005, 20:05
nakib77 wrote:
I will go with F as well..

you mean that OA is not B???
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16 Oct 2005, 20:48
'has decided' is wrong as it suggests the government is still deciding today. A, C and E are out.

D is awkward with the use of 'a need of'
B is the best choice
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16 Oct 2005, 21:58
laxieqv wrote:
nakib77 wrote:
I will go with F as well..

you mean that OA is not B???

it is B
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16 Oct 2005, 23:29
B for me too.

Decided is better than has decided.

Needs is OK
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17 Oct 2005, 12:13
B should be corret, I confused decided for reported speech.

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05 Aug 2006, 07:39
176. At a recent session, the French government has decided that Paris needs a second, larger opera house to complement the famous Paris Opera.
(A) has decided that Paris needs
(B) decided that Paris needs
(C) has decided that Paris will need
(D) decided that Paris has a need of
(E) has decided that Paris needed

ywilfred wrote:
'has decided' is wrong as it suggests the government is still deciding today. A, C and E are out.

D is awkward with the use of 'a need of'
B is the best choice

Is " has decided" not present perfect...
if it is.. should it mean that the govt. has decided recently.. and not "still deciding".. can u please help me on this...
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05 Aug 2006, 07:50
Choices "c, d and e" can be easily eliminated for either awkwardness or wrong tense.

The Answer would be b and not a because of the modifier "At a recent session" which out which I think "a" could possibly be right.

With the modifier it only makes sense that "tense" be past.
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05 Aug 2006, 09:32
B is correct.

Just to comment, the the proposed answer F cannot be correct unless we are talking about the distant past, but the passage states that it was at a recent session.

For example, if the statement began 'in 1705', it could continue 'the Frech government decided that Paris needed'. But since it was a recent session, the answer is B.
05 Aug 2006, 09:32
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