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# The health commissioner said that the government had

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13 Oct 2009, 06:59
The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

A. it will try
B. that it tried
D. it would have tried
E. that it would try

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13 Oct 2009, 08:23
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The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses,that it would try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.
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13 Oct 2009, 12:23
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The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses,that it would try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

OA is E

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14 Oct 2009, 08:20
I feel that choice E...''that it would try''.... is correct, because with this choice the 'it' clearly refers to the government and not to the health commissioner.

this is not completely clear in the first option.

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14 Oct 2009, 11:13
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The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

A. it will try
B. that it tried
D. it would have tried
E. that it would try

I think the answer is C. "that" in option B & E is unnecessasry. "will" in option A is wrong as the complete sentence is in past tense.
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14 Oct 2009, 11:21

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

"that the government" and ----- should be parallel so we can eliminate A,C,D

B mentions "that it tried" however at the end of the sentence the word "future" tell us that "the govt" "would try" in future , hence E
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14 Oct 2009, 11:26
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The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

"that the government" and ----- should be parallel so we can eliminate A,C,D

B mentions "that it tried" however at the end of the sentence the word "future" tell us that "the govt" "would try" in future , hence E

Absolutely correct. Parallelism is the key to answer this question.
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11 Nov 2009, 08:09
Whenever the future action is indicated from a point of view of a past action, we do not use simple future i.e. "will"
We rather use 'would'

Also, 'that' is needed to retain parallel structure.

Therefore E is the correct answer

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11 Nov 2009, 19:27
zaarathelab wrote:
Whenever the future action is indicated from a point of view of a past action, we do not use simple future i.e. "will"
We rather use 'would'

Also, 'that' is needed to retain parallel structure.

Therefore E is the correct answer

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Thanks for the explaining this."E" is the correct answer

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07 Dec 2009, 10:24
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I feel "E" is the correct answer.
The sentence says health commissioner was quoting whatever the govt had said.

So, from the elementary school grammar, when i want to quote something said by others, the origianl senstence remains the same.
Eg : She said "I will not do the homework".

If the above sentence should be written without quotes, we say.

She said that she would not do the homework.

When quotes are removed, simple present/future tense becomes simple past and
simple past will become past perfect.

Same applies here too.

If we are quoting commissioners exact words, sentence will be as below:
The health commissioner said "The govt implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future"

But if i want to say what the commissioner said, i'll say it as below
The health commissioner said that the govt had implemented and that it would try to prevent

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08 Dec 2009, 01:38
Confused .........

I'm fine with 'would' .........

Went for A. Dunno y 'that' is required after 'despite'.
'despite' breaks the sentence, no continuation, no parallelism.
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08 Dec 2009, 08:58
I chose A, does the sentence need the word that? I need to study this subject.

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08 Dec 2009, 11:51
A is wrong because it is ambiguous. However, i thought C might be better than E because I thought that should come before the despite clause.

Oh well.
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08 Dec 2009, 20:16
From given options we need not to focus much on word 'that' even though use of 'that' adds clarity.

Here the first split is for 'will' and 'would'. As the statement is indirect and implementation of measures by government is in past perfect, we can eliminate all options with 'will'.

Now we are left with two choices and 'would have' is not required at all leaving the best choice as E.

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08 Dec 2009, 20:20
Option B & C changes the meaning of sentence.

Option A is eliminated for use of 'will'

Option D is chaging the meaning of second statement.

Therefore E is the best option.

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30 May 2010, 08:12
The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

1. it will try

2. that it tried

4.it would have tried

5.that it would try

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30 May 2010, 09:36
The commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures[...] and, that it [the gov] tried to prevent...

I would choose B
but I'm not confidend with verbs tenses "tried"
What is OA?

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30 May 2010, 09:37
E. "That" should be used in order to maintain parallelism

Said that ..... that

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30 May 2010, 09:44
mrik wrote:
E. "That" should be used in order to maintain parallelism

Said that ..... that

I agree with the use of "that"
Why don't you choose B?

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30 May 2010, 17:28
B is wrong because the phrase "it tried to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future" is simply does not make sense.
You usually use will or would to speak about future. Choice E correctly does it.
Hope it helps.
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