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42. Jerrod was advised by his lawyer that he should have better told the truth or he could go to jail for a long time.
a) he should have better told the truth or he could go
b) telling the truth should be done since he could go
c) Jerrod might ought to tell the truth for not going
d) the truth have better be told or he should go
e) Jerrod had better tell the truth or he could go

according to me
C is out because of "might ought to"
D is out because it is not clear
but the rest???

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New post 23 Apr 2014, 04:55
this is a bad question .there is no need for a parallel construction as is done in this question !!
why on earth we need "or" in a sentence like this ?
the implied meaning is very weird
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Here's my attempt -

42. Jerrod was advised by his lawyer that he should have better told the truth or he could go to jail for a long time.
a) he should have better told the truth or he could go (use of should with subjunctive)
b) telling the truth should be done since he could go (use of should with subjunctive)
c) Jerrod might ought to tell the truth for not going ("going to the jail" sounds wrong.)
d) the truth have better be told or he should go (use of should with subjunctive. This is also passive.)
e) Jerrod had better tell the truth or he could go POE. Correct option
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from the gmatclub ultimate grammar book
test 2

42. Jerrod was advised by his lawyer that he should have better told the truth or he could go to jail for a long time.
a) he should have better told the truth or he could go
b) telling the truth should be done since he could go
c) Jerrod might ought to tell the truth for not going
d) the truth have better be told or he should go
e) Jerrod had better tell the truth or he could go

according to me
C is out because of "might ought to"
D is out because it is not clear
but the rest???

thanks,


Though this question is not of GMAT level. I am just thinking how in option E verb is in its base form.
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gregfromnancy wrote:
from the gmatclub ultimate grammar book
test 2

42. Jerrod was advised by his lawyer that he should have better told the truth or he could go to jail for a long time.
a) he should have better told the truth or he could go
b) telling the truth should be done since he could go
c) Jerrod might ought to tell the truth for not going
d) the truth have better be told or he should go
e) Jerrod had better tell the truth or he could go

according to me
C is out because of "might ought to"
D is out because it is not clear
but the rest???

thanks,



Jerrod was advised..... that Jerrod...?
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Can option "E" be the answer ? Cause "he" could mean anyone as there are two persons mentioned in the sentence.
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I get why it's correct, or the "best" answer, but the redundant use of Jarrod is awkward.

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42. Jerrod was advised by his lawyer that he should have better told the truth or he could go to jail for a long time.
a) he should have better told the truth or he could go
b) telling the truth should be done since he could go
c) Jerrod might ought to tell the truth for not going
d) the truth have better be told or he should go
e) Jerrod had better tell the truth or he could go

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Can option "E" be the answer ? Cause "he" could mean anyone as there are two persons mentioned in the sentence.


The pronoun "he" is not ambiguous - If a pronoun that is the subject of a clause has two possible antecedents, one of which is the subject of another clause within the sentence, the pronoun would, by virtue of parallelism, unambiguously refer to the subject antecedent.
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This is a very good meaning based practice question. Leaving aside the three filler choices namely B, C, and D, which do not merit much discussion, the real contention is between A and E, both of which you may note are grammatically correct.
The core sense of the topic is that a professional lawyer is advising and warning his client that Jerrod should tell the truth now or he (Jerrod) could go to jail. He cannot stand for the lawyer since there is no meaning in advising Jerrod when the lawyer himself could go to jail. Nor can we assign one 'he' for the lawyer and the second for Jerrod. That is the reason E categorically removes the first 'he' and replaces it the subject Jerrod himself.

More important, however, is the use of the modal verb 'had better tell'. Remember A uses the term, 'should have told', implying that Jerrod did not take an earlier opportunity, to tell the truth. This is not the intention of the advice and warning. The warning is that if you do not tell the truth now, you could rather go to a long term imprisonment. 'Better be careful' is the essence of the warning. That is why E says "had better tell" rather than "had better told".

It might now be clear how deeply this seemingly simple question is testing the intent.
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This is a very good meaning based practice question. Leaving aside the three filler choices namely B, C, and D, which do not merit much discussion, the real contention is between A and E, both of which you may note are grammatically correct.
The core sense of the topic is that a professional lawyer is advising and warning his client that Jerrod should tell the truth now or he (Jerrod) could go to jail. He cannot stand for the lawyer since there is no meaning in advising Jerrod when the lawyer himself could go to jail. Nor can we assign one 'he' for the lawyer and the second for Jerrod. That is the reason E categorically removes the first 'he' and replaces it the subject Jerrod himself.

More important, however, is the use of the modal verb 'had better tell'. Remember A uses the term, 'should have told', implying that Jerrod did not take an earlier opportunity, to tell the truth. This is not the intention of the advice and warning. The warning is that if you do not tell the truth now, you could rather go to a long term imprisonment. 'Better be careful' is the essence of the warning. That is why E says "had better tell" rather than "had better told".

It might now be clear how deeply this seemingly simple question is testing the intent.


Thanks for the detailed explanation. I had one doubt on this. I understand why 'had better told' is not the intended meaning but I'm not sure if 'had better tell' is grammatically correct. Never heard such a construction and it's not an intuitive usage. Please help me understand this.

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Thanks a lot daagh. This clears the doubt :)
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should have done is used to advise somebody to do in the past, in the time earlier than the time of speaking

now I advise her that she should have done the job yesterday. the time of speaking is in present

yesterday, i advised her that she should have done the job one day earlier. the time of speaking is in the past.

the time of speaking maybe is in the past or present, the action advised is in the time earlier and is presented by should have done
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