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At a recent session, the French government has decided that Paris need

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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

Originally posted by anonymousvn on 28 Jun 2009, 12:53.
Last edited by Bunuel on 03 Dec 2019, 06:06, edited 2 times in total.
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The answer is B because the word "has" doesn't have a place in the underlined part of the sentence since the author speaks of a past incident, "in a recent session".
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New post 28 Jun 2009, 14:17
I think that both verbs "decide and need" should be in the same tense. Why in B, need is in the present? Please explain on this problem. I chosen B first, but later I chosen A for this reason.

OA is B
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Present Perfect:

Action Started.............continue.....................Present.

=> Means an action started in the past and continued to present. There will be an on going operation or action.

In the recent session, a decision was taken. There is no ongoing action here. Some took the decision. Then what? anything else up to present? No. Means there is no ongoing action. So, we need to use past simple tense.

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New post 23 Apr 2012, 07:21
why "Has Decided" options cancelled out vs. "Decided"?
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why "Has Decided" options cancelled out vs. "Decided"?


See my explanation above.

Here is the exact time given "At a recent session", so we should use past simple. The decision was made on the certain date. The decision process does not continue at this moment.
It is like saying "On Monday, the French government decided ..."
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