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# Assuming that no news is good news, we did not bother to

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Assuming that no news is good news, we did not bother to [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2010, 11:05
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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?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by hemanthp on 19 Sep 2010, 19:22, edited 1 time in total.

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19 Sep 2010, 11:24
I went for C. It has the correct past tense.
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Re: No news is good? [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2010, 11:33
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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Re: No news is good? [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2010, 19:23
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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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Re: No news is good? [#permalink]

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20 Sep 2010, 09:58
Is it fine to use 'his' without a referent?
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Re: No news is good?   [#permalink] 20 Sep 2010, 09:58
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