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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 reccurring in the future.

A) it will try
B) that it tried
D) it would try
E) that it would try
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jaynayak wrote:
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 reccurring in the future.

A) it will try
B) that it tried
D) it would try
E) that it would try

My reasoning is as follows
since we are talking abt preventing an outbreak in future, I would rule out, B and C. Also, since "the government had implemented " suggests a past tense, so the choice would have to be future past , so since would is future past of will, A is ruled out.

coming to D and E, I am highly suspicious about using a that after a comma. I think "it would try" will suffice.

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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 reccurring in the future.

E maintains ||sm, so I go with it
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23 Jun 2006, 14:09
E for me.
D is very close, but "it" refers to the government, not the health commissioner (person).
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24 Jun 2006, 06:37
E.

It becomes 'The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and that it would try to prevent the outbreak from reccurring in the future.'

I have taken the liberty of disposing of the qualifying phrase "despite the recent illnesses" to simplify it...
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24 Jun 2006, 06:50
I chose D but after going through explaination, E makes more sense.
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24 Jun 2006, 10:02
The OA is E
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Thanks guys I understand now why E is right
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14 Oct 2006, 21:30
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 reccurring in the future.

a) it will try
b) that it tried
d) it would try
e) that it would try
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14 Oct 2006, 23:04
jerrywu wrote:
iced_tea wrote:
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 reccurring in the future.

a) it will try
b) that it tried
d) it would try
e) that it would try

E

said that ...and that...

I agree that said that... and that is the correct usage, but unfortunately there is no "and" stated in the answer choice E, it has to be stated explicitly. So picking D guys.
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15 Oct 2006, 06:33
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Past statements with future implication(s) always takes the modal (could/would) form.

The second "that" isn't necessary here because "it" clearly refers to the same commissioner's statement on behalf of the government.
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15 Oct 2006, 08:05
Am going for (E) too.Need the that to imply that the second sentence was also said.If we ignore the that the sentence looks more like a prediction than a statement.
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15 Oct 2006, 16:12
GMATT73 wrote:
Past statements with future implication(s) always takes the modal (could/would) form.

The second "that" isn't necessary here because "it" clearly refers to the same commissioner's statement on behalf of the government.

Matt,

IMHO,

In this situation, to prevent the outbreak which is certainly going to occur in the future , we will need could be better than would. I may be wrong. Could you elaborate more on this? I have an assumption would is used to indicate or express probable situation.
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15 Oct 2006, 16:22
I think it should be "WILL" as stated by Basik ---WOULD be more for probable situations..

But yes GMAT73 is also correct about "that" is not required here.

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15 Oct 2006, 16:24
Just to ad to the above Reasoning:

Present conditional or simply "conditional": "I would listen." This is used to express that an event would occur in the future in the past, or that the speaker intended to perform
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15 Oct 2006, 18:11
OA is E
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15 Oct 2006, 21:39
Should be D

Why it cannot be E:
If "that" is needed for the second part, it should at least read, "that, despite the recent illnesses, it would try", not "despite the recent illnesses, that it would try"

(Edited to include explanation)
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anandsebastin wrote:
Should be D

Why it cannot be E:
If "that" is needed for the second part, it should at least read, "that, despite the recent illnesses, it would try", not "despite the recent illnesses, that it would try"

(Edited to include explanation)

Anand 'despite the recent illnesses' is not being said by the government .It is being said by the author of the statement.
The government has only said the latter part.
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16 Sep 2008, 09:42
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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16 Sep 2008, 15:53
E for me as well though I dont like the use of 'that' after (,) but by POE, E is the only viable option.
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16 Sep 2008, 16:02
"that it would try".
The 2nd "that" in the sentence provides conformity with the use of the 1st "that.
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