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# The principal revealed that students' standardized test scores

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The principal revealed that students' standardized test scores increased even more this year than she had expected it to and their grades will improve next semester as well.

C. expected it would and that they will improve their grades
D. expected them to and their grades would improve
E. expected and that they will have improved their grades
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18 Mar 2017, 18:14
The principal revealed that students' standardized test scores increased even more this year than she had expected it to and their grades will improve next semester as well.

A. had expected it to and their grades will improve (Main verb reveal is in past. So usage of will is wrong)
C. expected it would and that they will improve their grades (Usage of past perfect is required for event earlier than past)
D. expected them to and their grades would improve (expected them to means students. It totally changes the meaning)
E. expected and that they will have improved their grades (Same as C)

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18 Mar 2017, 19:53
fermar84 wrote:

I chose B by eliminating the rest.

A) 'it'- it's antecedent is unclear.it can only refer to a noun/pronoun.
B) will keep .seems fine
C)Again 'it' - i have no clear antecedent.had it referred to Scores, please have a look Scores is plural.
D)than she expected them to- them here is for Scores.fine .
But the second part i .e. their word should refer to the students.but note 'students' is available on possessive form so can't be an antecedent.

E) totally awkward construction.

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18 Mar 2017, 20:57
Since revealed is in past. Prediction requires a 'would' and not will. We are left with two choices. D changes the meaning

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19 Mar 2017, 07:50
The OA is correct and explanations provided in the thread appear sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button and post your queries – closing this request.
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19 Mar 2017, 08:08
Can it be said that original sentence is in indirect speech and that the usage of would is correct because of that?
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kivalo wrote:
Can it be said that original sentence is in indirect speech and that the usage of would is correct because of that?

Your understanding is correct - just that you missed out "in past". Indirect speech in past requires "would" to depict future from perspective of past. An indirect speech in present takes "will" to depict future.
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22 Mar 2017, 16:41
The principal revealed that students' standardized test scores increased even more this year than she had expected it to and their grades will improve next semester as well.

C. expected it would and that they will improve their grades
D. expected them to and their grades would improve
E. expected and that they will have improved their grades

A:'it' is wrongly refering to the grades.
B:Correct answer with correct parallelism and pronouns.
C:Same as A.
D:will is the correct usage in the sentence.
E:Change in meaning.

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