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    Post I must go now.

    I must go now.
    a.I promised not being late.
    b.I promised to not be late.
    c.I promised not to be late.
    d.I promised I wouldn't be late.

    Is option d correct?

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    Re: I must go now.

    NOT A TEACHER

    Yes, we use "would" to talk about a time in the future from a point in the past.

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    Re: I must go now.

    Quote Originally Posted by ushakranthi View Post
    I must go now.
    a.I promised not being late. -- Not grammatical.
    b.I promised to not be late. -- Pedants will be upset with this because "to be" is "split" with the "not." I don't have a problem with this, though the test grader might.
    c.I promised not to be late. -- This answer is okay
    d.I promised I wouldn't be late. -- This answer is okay.

    Is option d correct?
    I don't know why d is a better choice than c.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Sep-2012 at 18:20.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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