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Assuming that no news is good news, we did not bother to find out about his whereabouts.

(A) Assuming that no news is good news, we
(B) Assuming that no news was good news, we
(C) We assumed that no news was good news and
(D) On assuming that no news is good news, we
(E) Assuming no news to be good news, we

Does this sound strange to non-native english speakers?
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19 Sep 2010, 10:24
I went for C. It has the correct past tense.
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i think A? C seems to be correct tense but isn't "no news is good news" part of normal speech?
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Explanation
The phrase 'no news is good news' is a standard idiom in English, and should not be tampered with.
Hence, the verb cannot be changed to 'was', as in options B and C or to 'to be', as in option E.

Option D slightly changes the meaning of the given sentence.

Hence (A) is the correct answer.
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20 Sep 2010, 08:58
Is it fine to use 'his' without a referent?
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