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When a past-tense verb takes a "that-clause"...?

by yo4561 Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:12 pm

Hello MP,

The GMAT says: When a past-tense verb takes a "that-clause as its object, the tense of that clause should be past (was, remained).

To clarify, does this mean that if what's in the root phrase is in past tense, the elements also must be past tense?

E.g. it would be incorrect to say: Shanna determined that Bill will go to with her to the movies and that Jared will get dinner with her" because the "will go" and "will get" are in future tense?

Many thanks my MP friends :)
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Re: When a past-tense verb takes a "that-clause"...?

by esledge Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:51 pm

yo4561 wrote:E.g. it would be incorrect to say: Shanna determined that Bill will go to with her to the movies and that Jared will get dinner with her" because the "will go" and "will get" are in future tense?

That's exactly it; future tense is wrong in that context. If you want to talk about the future as seen from the past (i.e. from Shanna's point of view), then you'd use would:

Shanna determined that Bill would go with her to the movies and that Jared would get dinner with her.
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