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# In reaction to King Charles I's attempt to arrest five

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Updated on: 26 Jun 2013, 23:21
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In reaction to King Charles I's attempt to arrest five parliament members in 1642, the House of Commons maintained that it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber.

(A) it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber
(B) they have a right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber
(C) they will have a right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber
(D) it was their right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber
(E) it has the right to question the sovereign's right to enter its chambers

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Originally posted by mattce on 26 Jun 2013, 13:44.
Last edited by Zarrolou on 26 Jun 2013, 23:21, edited 1 time in total.
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26 Jun 2013, 13:57
easy one

A - it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber. - correct

B - they is wrong. Here 'They' wrongly refers to House of commission. Similarly 'their' is wrong.

C - same problem as with B

D - their is wrong here

E - has is not correct to be used here. the sentence talks about some event in the past.
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26 Jun 2013, 14:33
swati007 wrote:
easy one

Haha yeah it's not a bad one, but I had a slight problem understanding the point of the sentence at first.

I thought that the sentence referred to the 5 parliament members having a right to question the sovereign's authority and that confused me a lot.
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27 Jun 2013, 01:32
@mattce,

Naah...In this sentence, the house of Commons said that it(house of commons) has the authority
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27 Jun 2013, 04:15
Hey,

Yeah it was obvious once I saw the OA. Just figured I'd post the question for anyone else that found it tricky.
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27 Jun 2013, 11:46
I don't think it's solely because the event occurred in the past. House of Commons might still have the right.

The key word i think is the word "maintained" which is a past tense. So the need of past perfect. Imagine the sentence with maintains instead of maintained.
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06 Mar 2017, 11:27
Why "they" can not be used to refer to commons, and why choice C can not be correct? Please help !
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07 Mar 2017, 10:20
In reaction to King Charles I's attempt to arrest five parliament members in 1642, the House of Commons maintained that it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber.

(A) it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber
(B) they have a right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber
(C) they will have a right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber
(D) it was their right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber
(E) it has the right to question the sovereign's right to enter its chambers

House of Commons is a singular entity and is correctly refered by 'it'.
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07 Mar 2017, 12:26
AR15J wrote:
Why "they" can not be used to refer to commons, and why choice C can not be correct? Please help !

House of Commons is not a group of commons; it is an institutional body - notice the capital C in Commons. Thus "they" is incorrect.
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07 Mar 2017, 12:32
sayantanc2k wrote:
AR15J wrote:
Why "they" can not be used to refer to commons, and why choice C can not be correct? Please help !

House of Commons is not a group of commons; it is an institutional body - notice the capital C in Commons. Thus "they" is incorrect.

I chose E but I have a silly doubt. As per my understanding, if a pronoun has a clear antecedent then subsequent usage will always refer back to the same antecedent. In this case, it and its will unambiguously refer back to HoC. its wont refer to Sovereign's right even though it is in possessive form. Is that understanding correct?
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07 Mar 2017, 13:26
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sayantanc2k wrote:
AR15J wrote:
Why "they" can not be used to refer to commons, and why choice C can not be correct? Please help !

House of Commons is not a group of commons; it is an institutional body - notice the capital C in Commons. Thus "they" is incorrect.

I chose E but I have a silly doubt. As per my understanding, if a pronoun has a clear antecedent then subsequent usage will always refer back to the same antecedent. In this case, it and its will unambiguously refer back to HoC. its wont refer to Sovereign's right even though it is in possessive form. Is that understanding correct?

Yes, your understanding is correct. The pronoun "its" is not ambiguous.
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22 Apr 2017, 23:28
how should i differentiate between 'has' vs 'had' here on test day? my reasoning is that the HoC could still have the right, thus 'has' i would think is correct. Or as an above poster hypothesized does the word 'maintained' determine that i have to use 'had'? thanks!
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how should i differentiate between 'has' vs 'had' here on test day? my reasoning is that the HoC could still have the right, thus 'has' i would think is correct. Or as an above poster hypothesized does the word 'maintained' determine that i have to use 'had'? thanks!

If a verb is within a statement ( e.g. maintained), that inside verb may take 3 tenses in general:
1. Past perfect: If the inside verb occurred before the statement ( past of past)
2. Simple past: If the inside verb occurred at the same time as the statement occurred ( present of past)
3. Conditional ( would): If the inside verb would occur after the statement (future of past)

Here the second case (present of past) applies.

(There is a fourth case though: simple present for universal truths - but here this case does not apply: having right is not a universal truth)
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29 Apr 2017, 07:10
Can you pls clarify why option e is wrong. Isn't the Hoc claiming that they still have the right and probably will continue to have the right?

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27 Aug 2018, 05:13
hi, Can someone please explain the meaning of this sentence by replacing the pronouns with actual antecedents. I would like to confirm my understanding as I got confused and replaced the first 'it' with members of parliament and second 'it' with king.
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30 Aug 2018, 23:19
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If maintained were maintains then choice E would be right?

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