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Because they were eye witnesses to the crime, Amy, Sue and Jack were

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Q. Because they were eye witnesses to the crime, Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing.

a) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing
b) Amy, Sue and Jack they were called to testify at the robbery hearing
c) Amy, Sue and Jack was called to testify at the robbery hearing
d) Amy, Sue and Jack were calling to testify at the robbery hearing
e) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testifying at the robbery hearing

I know this is an easy question. But the problem is that I am not able to identify the rules governing the correct option. For example in the above question I know that the answer to the above question is A. But between A and E, I don't know why E is incorrect. As of now even after completing the basic level of ultimate grammar book, I am not able to identify the correct tense and exact error in the sentence.
Also any advice on how should I take my preparation forward would be appreciated.

Originally posted by simar121993 on 20 May 2017, 09:47.
Last edited by abhimahna on 22 May 2017, 03:19, edited 1 time in total.
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20 May 2017, 13:37
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simar121993 wrote:
Q. Because they were eye witnesses to the crime, Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing.

a) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing
b) Amy, Sue and Jack they were called to testify at the robbery hearing
c) Amy, Sue and Jack was called to testify at the robbery hearing
d) Amy, Sue and Jack were calling to testify at the robbery hearing
e) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testifying at the robbery hearing

I know this is an easy question. But the problem is that I am not able to identify the rules governing the correct option. For example in the above question I know that the answer to the above question is A. But between A and E, I don't know why E is incorrect. As of now even after completing the basic level of ultimate grammar book, I am not able to identify the correct tense and exact error in the sentence.
Also any advice on how should I take my preparation forward would be appreciated.

In E, to testifing is wrong. to testify is the correct form.

Basic level of that book is not enough to spot every nay most errors in SC. I believe that they incuded the basic level to help the reader get familiar to common terms used later in the book. Though I have not read it but judging by the index, I can say that you'd need to understand completely the intermediate level to get a better hang of rules. I hope this helps. All the best.
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20 May 2017, 21:50
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Because they were eye witnesses to the crime, Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing.

a) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing (correct)
b) Amy, Sue and Jack they were called to testify at the robbery hearing (Usage of pronoun immediately after the noun is wrong)
c) Amy, Sue and Jack was called to testify at the robbery hearing (There are three persons. So usage of was is wrong)
d) Amy, Sue and Jack were calling to testify at the robbery hearing (Changes the meaning as if they were calling to someone)
e) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testifying at the robbery hearing (After infinitive, use basic form of verb)

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21 May 2017, 21:58
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simar121993 wrote:
Q. Because they were eye witnesses to the crime, Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing.

a) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testify at the robbery hearing
b) Amy, Sue and Jack they were called to testify at the robbery hearing
c) Amy, Sue and Jack was called to testify at the robbery hearing
d) Amy, Sue and Jack were calling to testify at the robbery hearing
e) Amy, Sue and Jack were called to testifying at the robbery hearing

I know this is an easy question. But the problem is that I am not able to identify the rules governing the correct option. For example in the above question I know that the answer to the above question is A. But between A and E, I don't know why E is incorrect. As of now even after completing the basic level of ultimate grammar book, I am not able to identify the correct tense and exact error in the sentence.
Also any advice on how should I take my preparation forward would be appreciated.

Here you need infinitive of purpose. and infinitive of purose is always written in the form of "to+ verb in the base form
so the use of to + ving ( participle is wrong.

here they were called and the puropse of calling to testify. so we need infinitive of purpose
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