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Last year, John promised Jane that he will take her to the opera on their anniversary.

A. promised Jane that he will take her

B. has promised Jane that he would take her

C. has made a promise to Jane that he will take her

D. promised Jane that he would take her

E. promised Jane that he would take

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13 Jul 2020, 01:38
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Last year, John promised Jane that he will

Options A, B and C are incorrect
(one time event in the past requires simple past tense)

Per the original meaning,John would take Jane to opera. But Option E fails to convey the original meaning. John would take whom to opera?

Option D is the correct answer!

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13 Jul 2020, 04:48
A. Grammatically incorrect as in Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (promised), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, will take is in the Future.

B. Grammatically incorrect as the sentence begins with a specific time indication "last year". In the case of an action that happened in the past at a specific time, Past Simple is the correct tense.Thus, the use of the Present Perfect "has promised" is incorrect.

C. Same error as in B.

D. Correct and no error

E. Grammatically correct but it doesn't fit into the original sentence as a result of the omission of the word her.

Hence, OA is (D).
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13 Jul 2020, 04:52
Answer is D

Past + Conditional phrase instead of Past + Future
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13 Jul 2020, 07:27
as last year is used so past tense will be used and with past tense 'would' will come.
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13 Jul 2020, 19:58
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Last year, John promised Jane that he will take her to the opera on their anniversary.

A. promised Jane that he will take her.past would verb should be there.wrong.

B. has promised Jane that he would take her-has promised wrong.

C. has made a promise to Jane that he will take her-has made wrong.

D. promised Jane that he would take her: Correct

E. promised Jane that he would take : Her should be there

Ans: D
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14 Jul 2020, 00:04
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

Last year, John promised Jane that he will take her to the opera on their anniversary.

A. promised Jane that he will take her

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (promised), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, will take is in the Future.

What helps us identify this question as a Reported Speech question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: Reported Speech with a reporting verb in Past tense

B. has promised Jane that he would take her

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The sentence begins with a specific time indication "last year". In the case of an action that happened in the past at a specific time, Past Simple is the correct tense. Thus, the use of the Present Perfect "has promised" is incorrect.

C. has made a promise to Jane that he will take her

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The sentence begins with a specific time indication "last year". In the case of an action that happened in the past at a specific time, Past Simple is the correct tense. Thus, the use of the Present Perfect "has made" is incorrect.

D. promised Jane that he would take her

In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (promised), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past (would take).

E. promised Jane that he would take

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original sentence and is grammatically correct, it doesn't fit into the original sentence as a result of the omission of the word her.

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