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    It seems that they are all correct.....

    Dear All,

    Which one should we choose?

    The chairman _____ that the meeting should be put off.
    (1)said
    (2)hoped
    (3)wished
    (4)insisted

    I consider that "insisted" should be the best choice, but why we cannot use the others?

    Thanks a lot for your kind assistance. 8)

    Best Regards,
    Cicily

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    Re: It seems that they are all correct.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Cicily21
    Dear All,

    Which one should we choose?

    The chairman _____ that the meeting should be put off.
    (1)said
    (2)hoped
    (3)wished
    (4)insisted

    I consider "insisted" the best choice, but why can't we use the others?

    Thanks a lot for your kind assistance. 8)
    You're correct. :D

    (1) it's a matter of reported speech
    (2) hoped and should are not compatible. Try, hoped and would.
    (3) wished and should are not compatible Try, wished and would.

    All the best, :D


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    Re: It seems that they are all correct.....

    You're correct. :D

    (1) it's a matter of reported speech
    (2) hoped and should are not compatible. Try, hoped and would.
    (3) wished and should are not compatible Try, wished and would.

    All the best, :D[/quote]

    Thanks a lot!!

    Best Regards,
    Cicily


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    I would like to know why (4) insisted is correct.

    I think (1) and (4) can be correct depending on situations. Different words will change the menaing of the sentence.


    (1)
    It is just a matter of preference/context

    (2) & (3)
    It should be ok to use "hope/wish" with "should" grammatically. But it may be difficult to use them together in terms of meaning.

    (3)
    The word "wished (in past tense)" is used when you have a desire but it is unlikely to relise it. However in a reported speech, using this word in past tense may not mean that. It may simply means a hope.

    (4)
    It is just a matter of preference/context

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    Quote Originally Posted by test question
    The chairman _____ that the meeting should be put off.
    (1)said
    (2)hoped
    (3)wished
    (4)insisted
    Well, with (4) we can omit 'should':

    The chairman insisted that the meeting be put off. :D

    We can't do the same with choices (1), (2), (3). The result is ungrammatical:

    The chairman said that the meeting be put off. :(
    The chairman hoped that the meeting be put off. :(
    The chairman wished that the meeting be put off. :(

    All the best, :D

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