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# The health commissioner said that the government had

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Re: Tuesday Q3 - Health Commissioner [#permalink]

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14 Oct 2009, 11:21

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

"that the government" and ----- should be parallel so we can eliminate A,C,D

B mentions "that it tried" however at the end of the sentence the word "future" tell us that "the govt" "would try" in future , hence E
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14 Oct 2009, 11:26
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The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

"that the government" and ----- should be parallel so we can eliminate A,C,D

B mentions "that it tried" however at the end of the sentence the word "future" tell us that "the govt" "would try" in future , hence E

Absolutely correct. Parallelism is the key to answer this question.
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Re: Tuesday Q3 - Health Commissioner [#permalink]

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11 Nov 2009, 08:09
Whenever the future action is indicated from a point of view of a past action, we do not use simple future i.e. "will"
We rather use 'would'

Also, 'that' is needed to retain parallel structure.

Therefore E is the correct answer

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11 Nov 2009, 19:27
zaarathelab wrote:
Whenever the future action is indicated from a point of view of a past action, we do not use simple future i.e. "will"
We rather use 'would'

Also, 'that' is needed to retain parallel structure.

Therefore E is the correct answer

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Thanks for the explaining this."E" is the correct answer
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I feel "E" is the correct answer.
The sentence says health commissioner was quoting whatever the govt had said.

So, from the elementary school grammar, when i want to quote something said by others, the origianl senstence remains the same.
Eg : She said "I will not do the homework".

If the above sentence should be written without quotes, we say.

She said that she would not do the homework.

When quotes are removed, simple present/future tense becomes simple past and
simple past will become past perfect.

Same applies here too.

If we are quoting commissioners exact words, sentence will be as below:
The health commissioner said "The govt implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future"

But if i want to say what the commissioner said, i'll say it as below
The health commissioner said that the govt had implemented and that it would try to prevent
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08 Dec 2009, 01:38
Confused .........

I'm fine with 'would' .........

Went for A. Dunno y 'that' is required after 'despite'.
'despite' breaks the sentence, no continuation, no parallelism.
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08 Dec 2009, 08:58
I chose A, does the sentence need the word that? I need to study this subject.
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08 Dec 2009, 11:51
A is wrong because it is ambiguous. However, i thought C might be better than E because I thought that should come before the despite clause.

Oh well.
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08 Dec 2009, 20:16
From given options we need not to focus much on word 'that' even though use of 'that' adds clarity.

Here the first split is for 'will' and 'would'. As the statement is indirect and implementation of measures by government is in past perfect, we can eliminate all options with 'will'.

Now we are left with two choices and 'would have' is not required at all leaving the best choice as E.
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08 Dec 2009, 20:20
Option B & C changes the meaning of sentence.

Option A is eliminated for use of 'will'

Option D is chaging the meaning of second statement.

Therefore E is the best option.
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30 May 2010, 08:12
The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

1. it will try

2. that it tried

4.it would have tried

5.that it would try
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30 May 2010, 09:44
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E. "That" should be used in order to maintain parallelism

Said that ..... that

I agree with the use of "that"
Why don't you choose B?
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30 May 2010, 17:28
B is wrong because the phrase "it tried to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future" is simply does not make sense.
You usually use will or would to speak about future. Choice E correctly does it.
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31 May 2010, 05:51
E is correct. Maintains parallelism. And it correctly utilizes "would" for possible action in future.
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The OA is E.

In the original sentence, the verb "had implemented" is in the past perfect tense, indicating that this event occurred at some point before the commissioner spoke. The verb "will try", however, is in the simple future. When the future is indicated from the point of view of the past, the simple future is not used. Instead, the conditional is required. For example, "The man said that he would buy a new car" is preferable to "The man said that he will buy a new car." We need to find a conditional verb. Moreover, the pronoun "it" begins a new clause and thus requires repetition of "that" in order to make clear, using parallel structure, that this new clause is still something that the commissioner said. For example, "The man said that he would buy a new car and that he would drive it everywhere" is preferable to "The man said that he would buy a new car and he would drive it everywhere."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice does not offer the conditional "would try", though it does offer another "that". The past tense "tried" is definitely wrong here because the trying will happen "in the future" according to the original sentence. Thus this choice changes the meaning unacceptably.
(C) This choice uses the past perfect tense "had tried" where the conditional "would try" is preferred. An extra "that" is needed to make the two clauses "the government had..." and "it had tried" parallel.

(D) This is a tempting choice as it fixes the verb tense to the conditional "would." However, the tense is technically "conditional perfect" (would have tried), which is not the proper tense. Moreover, an extra "that" is needed to make the two clauses "the government had..." and "it would try" parallel.

(E) CORRECT. This choice provides the plain conditional tense and another "that".
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01 Jun 2010, 21:31
Prax, I agree that the tense 'would' is required here. but isnt 'that' awkwardly placed.
Doesnt the below sentence sound better ...

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, that despite the recent illnesses, it would try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

Due to this, I picked up A as the option. What is the source of this sentence?
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01 Jun 2010, 21:42
engel wrote:
Prax, I agree that the tense 'would' is required here. but isnt 'that' awkwardly placed.
Doesnt the below sentence sound better ...

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, that despite the recent illnesses, it would try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

Due to this, I picked up A as the option. What is the source of this sentence?

E. "That" should be used in order to maintain parallelism

Said that ..... that
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02 Jun 2010, 06:25
Prax wrote:
The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

1. it will try

2. that it tried

4.it would have tried

5.that it would try

In order to maintain parallelism - we need that.
In order to underline future in the past - we need would, so E
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