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    In the following sentence, should the word in bold be "drove" or "drive"?

    The petition demands that the government abandon proposals to establish a national vehicle-tracking system that would be used to tax motorists every time they drove their cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    In the following sentence, should the word in bold be "drove" or "drive"?

    The petition demands that the government abandon proposals to establish a national vehicle-tracking system that would be used to tax motorists every time they drove their cars.
    I prefer "drive".

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    When I read the sentence I felt that it should have been "drive" but is there a grammatical reason for the switch to the past tense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    When I read the sentence I felt that it should have been "drive" but is there a grammatical reason for the switch to the past tense?
    Not as far as I am concerned. I would have used "drive"; I see no reason to prefer "drove".

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