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If they would have paid attention, they would not have had to b

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If they would have paid attention, they would not have had to be told again.
(A) would have paid
(B) would pay
(C) had paid
(D) paid
(E) were to pay

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If they would have paid attention, they would not have had to be told again.
(A) would have paid
(B) would pay
(C) had paid
(D) paid
(E) were to pay


The correct answer here is C. The main thing you have to look out for is that D can be a bit of a trap answer. The format is that "If <past tense thing happened>, then <present perfect> thing would not be the case. This immediately helps get rid of A and B.

The "were" in E indicates a state of being, but we want to talk about an action that didn't end up happening.

D is very tempting, but when we talk about a past tense action that didn't transpire, the ideal construction is the had+past participle one.

This leaves us with C.

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New post 09 Aug 2019, 20:52
Straight forward question. If + had + past participle , then would +have + past participle.

So answer C is correct answer.

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