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# The union argued that the plastic industry has neglected the safety an

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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The union argued that the plastic industry has neglected the safety and well-being of the workers.

A. has neglected the safety and

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (argued), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, has neglected is in the Present Perfect.

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. neglects the safety and

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Tenses error. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (argued), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, neglects is in the Present Simple tense.

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

C. neglected the safety and

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

D. were negligent to the safety and to the

Although this answer choice corrects the original Reported Speech error by using the Past tense verb were, it is wordy and, therefore, redundant.

E. neglected the safety as well as the

Although this answer choice corrects the original Reported Speech error by using the Past tense verb neglected, it creates Redundancy with the phrase as well as. Although as well as is a stylistic flaw, it is one of the specific redundancies that should always be corrected.

Using as well as instead of and is redundant.

What helps us identify this Redundancy error is the following Stop Sign: as well as
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Answer is C, as the verb tense before the relative pronoun is in past tense.
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The union argued that the plastic industry has neglected the safety and well-being of the workers.

A. has neglected the safety and Incorrect

past tense require, present perfect uses wrong

B. neglects the safety and Incorrect

should be in past form

C. neglected the safety and Correct

D. were negligent to the safety and to the Incorrect

SV error - the plastic industry singular, were plural

E. neglected the safety as well as the Incorrect

as well as is not correct
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A. "Argued" is in past tense, so the action of plastic industry shall be in past tense. Usage if has neglected is incorrect.
B. Same as A. Neglects is in present tence. Hence incorrect
C. Correct answer. Correct usage of tense and concise
D. Were is plural verb whereas the subject the plastic industry is singular. Hence wrong
E.usage of and is more precise than the usage of as well as.

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