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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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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 12:16
I would go for B. The decision part is over, present perfect tense does not make sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 12:20
B too. There is only 1 action in the sentence(decided) which happens in the past.

A simple past tense is sufficient. No need for present perfect.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 13:12
But don't you see a problem in B... "decided that Paris needs.... "

it is an indirect speech.. so shouldnt "needs" be "needed".... lil confusded..

A looked ok though... your thought?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 13:34
mm007 wrote:
But don't you see a problem in B... "decided that Paris needs.... "

it is an indirect speech.. so shouldnt "needs" be "needed".... lil confusded..

A looked ok though... your thought?


if you say that "Paris needed the second opera house" would it not mean that the second opera house has already been constructed. But when you read the original sentence it means the second opera house is reqd. and the decision has just been taken to construct it.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 14:54
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mm007 wrote:
But don't you see a problem in B... "decided that Paris needs.... "

it is an indirect speech.. so shouldnt "needs" be "needed".... lil confusded..

A looked ok though... your thought?


if you say that "Paris needed the second opera house" would it not mean that the second opera house has already been constructed. But when you read the original sentence it means the second opera house is reqd. and the decision has just been taken to construct it.


I think in a matter of indirect speech, verb has to agree with the spoken one... Like in "I asked you whether he did his job."
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 23:23
B

has decided that Paris needs

has decided gives the feeling that government is still deciding .. which is not true
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 23:29
go wid B..
even A is correct because it states some action completed in the past as presentperfect....but in the sentence there is a word recent...so in such cases where time adverbs or adverb phrases of past time are used we should use simple past....hence,B is the best answer
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2006, 01:32
and the OA is B.
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