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# In a press conference last year, an ecologist announced that successfu

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09 Jul 2016, 17:07
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In a press conference last year, an ecologist announced that successful conservation depended mainly on whether the public was prepared to make an effort.

A. depended mainly on whether the public was prepared to make an effort
B. depends mainly on whether the public is prepared to make an effort
C. will depend mainly on whether the public is prepared to make an effort
D. mainly depended on if the public was prepared to make an effort
E. depended mainly on whether the public was prepared to make an effort or not
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09 Jul 2016, 20:10
A. depended mainly on whether the public was prepared to make an effort - Correct
B. depends mainly on whether the public is prepared to make an effort - Incorrect
C. will dependmainly on whether the public is prepared to make an effort - Incorrect
D. mainly depended on if the public was prepared to make an effort - Incorrect
E. depended mainly on whether the public was prepared to make an effort or not - Incorrect

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10 Jul 2016, 01:41
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The official Explanation from ECONOMIST

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In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (announced), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. The original sentence correctly follows this rule with the verbs depended and was.

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15 Apr 2019, 11:55
As the incident happened last year,past tense must be used. Options B,C and D are out. Out if options A and E,option A is correct as option E unnecessarily adds "or not" at the end .

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16 Apr 2019, 15:49
Can someone please explain why C is not correct? Although, I selected A but still not so sure why C is not correct..
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20 Apr 2019, 16:57
The sentence after "That" says what HE announced. So when he announced he would say it in the present tense and option B would be correct. Moreover, the announcement is like a fact or a statement, so using a simple present is more convincing for me. Can you please tell where my reasoning is flawed.
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